Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday the reopening of the Sanibel Causeway for residents of Lee County. The reopening comes two days ahead of the scheduled date. DeSantis said 36,000 work hours were required to make the repairs and that the plan is to have over a quarter of the island powered back up by sometime this week, including fire stations, portions of neighborhoods and Sanibel Elementary School. Until further notice, vehicle traffic over the causeway on Mondays and Tuesdays will consist of emergency vehicles, debris management, electric providers and water and sewer utility providers. Residents, business and property owners and private contractors will be allowed access from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. There will be two inbound lanes with the right lane for emergency vehicles and emergency government contractors, and the left lane for those carrying Sanibel reentry permits. 

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