IMMOKALEE — Construction of the first segment, known as Area 1 (see map at end of this release), of the Immokalee Complete Streets Design/Build Project is set to start in early April. The overall project will create a network of Complete Streets including approximately 20 miles of new sidewalks, improve walkability by filling in sidewalk gaps, build a bicycle boulevard network, add streetlighting, landscaping, drainage improvements and improve 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.
In Area 1, sidewalk construction along the south side of East Delaware Avenue from South 1st Street to School Drive and multi-use trail construction on the east side of School Drive from Rose Avenue to E. Eustis Avenue will be the first step. Most of the work will be done during daytime hours but there may be some nighttime/ overnight work. Prior to the start of construction, crews will install construction signs and silt fence for erosion control. The typical sounds of construction can be expected. For safety, back-up “beepers” are required on all construction equipment. During construction there may be intermittent lane closures with flagmen guiding motorists. Also, use of driveways and side streets may be interrupted for short periods of time. Businesses and residents on the roadways where construction is occurring will be notified prior to work starting at specific driveways and detours will be provided for side street closures.
During upcoming phases, a new bus transfer station will be built next to the Collier County Health Department on Immokalee Drive. More than $13 million of the estimated $23 million needed for this overall 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.
For additional information concerning the project, please contact Public Information Officer Kris Cella, Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc. at info@ImmokaleeCompleteStreets.com or (239) 337-1071 or (877) 496-1076 (toll-free). News media inquiries may be directed to Community Liaison Connie Deane at 239-252-8365 or Connie.Deane@colliercountyfl.gov.