Brent Batten Naples Daily News Published 11:58 AM EDT Oct 5, 2018 Tom McKernan stands at the highest point in Hendry County, looking down on a road that bears his name. McKernan Highway is not long for this world. Within a few years it, along with other roads crisscrossing more than 10,000 acres just south of the Caloosahatchee River will be under 20 feet of water. The road network is a first step in the construction of the massive C-43 reservoir, likely the largest project ever undertaken in the history of the South Florida Water Management District and a key component in the plan to restore the Everglades to something closer to its natural state. At 18 square miles — larger than the entire city of Naples — the expanse of the reservoir is breathtaking. The hundreds of pieces of heavy equipment that will soon be putting 16 million cubic yards of dirt in precise formations around the reservoir’s 19-mile perimeter will need roads with names to find their way around, McKernan explained. “You can easily get lost. Everything looks the same,” he said from his perch atop Hill S-474. At the tail end of a summer dominated by headlines of… Read full this story
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