IMMOKALEE — The Immokalee Complete Streets (ICS) Design/Build Project will create a network of Complete Streets and improve transit by filling in sidewalk gaps, creating bicycle boulevards, and improving bus stops. These improvements will increase safety and accessibility for all residents of Immokalee. Better facility continuity will not only improve safety but also connectivity, thus promoting greater walking, transit, and bicycling activity.
Plus, adding swales and underground drainage will reduce impacts of flooding. In addition, street-lighting will enhance the quality and safety of the pedestrian/bicycle environment. This consequently supports a shift from using motorized vehicles to more sustainable modes such as walking and bicycle riding.
A new proposed bus transfer station next to the Collier County Health Department on Immokalee Drive may include passenger and transit efficiency enhancements such as new bays for the buses to pull off the street, canopy cover for the sheltered transfer of passengers, waiting platforms with benches and trash receptacles, vending machines for food and possibly bus passes, restroom facilities, cover for passengers, and Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA) improvements.
The ICS Project will complete the sidewalk, bicycle, and transit network within the project area. The project area includes major thoroughfares in the community that provide connectivity to schools, job training facilities, employment centers, health services facilities, parks and recreation areas.
More than $13 million of the estimated $23 million needed for this project is being funded from a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (“TIGER”) Grant. This grant was designed to increase the existing pedestrian network by providing new facilities to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians where none currently exist. The Immokalee Complete Streets project includes:
• 20 miles of concrete sidewalks
• 1 mile of multi-use pathway
• 20 miles of upgraded drainage/ditch and swales
To view a map of proposed street-lighting and bus stops, visit https://immokaleecompletestreets.com
Construction is expected to begin on Area 1 in late fall 2022. Construction start times on Areas 2-4 have not been determined.
Information for Area 2 is not available at this time.
Information for Area 3 is not available at this time.
Information for Area 4 is not available at this time.