The NWNA Webmaster, Paul Dworianyn, gives us an update on the progress being made along Burnt Store Road from Pine Island Road to Embers Parkway.
This is an aerial view of what the Southernmost section of the Burnt Store Widening Project will look like after it has been completed. Linda Stevens, the Secretary of the NWNA, explains what we will see as we travel on the new road.
Burnt Store Rd Widening Project Has Begun
Mr. Vincent Miller, from the Lee County Department of Transportation, sent us an update on the two segments of Burnt Store Road that are scheduled for construction.
The two segments are the South end that connects to Pine Island Road and the segment North of Kismet Road to the city limit.
Here is his response to our email inquiry:
• How is the South Segment progressing and what are the timetables?
• The project is out for bid and bids will be open on September 30th. We anticipate construction commencing in December/January timeframe.
• How is the connector segment from the North Segment to the County Line progressing and what are the timetables?
• Currently, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is in the process of a Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) study that began about a year ago with approximately two years remaining. When the PD&E is complete by FDOT and adopted by the Lee County BOCC, then the design and construction will commence, once the project is prioritized and funding is identified.
On April 16th 2019, at the Lee County Commissioners' meeting, the Northwest Cape Coral Neighborhood Association (NWNA) petitioned the Commissioners to expedite the installation of lights on the newly constructed Burnt Store Rd and to enhance the lighting plan for that construction. The NWNA felt that the increased lighting would help to alleviate numerous safety issues.
At that time, the Commissioners moved to have the county staff bring the details and cost back for consideration.
The NWNA was subsequently invited back to speak at their June 18th meeting, where, during 3 minutes of public Input, we explained the dangers of the dark highway, sidewalks, crosswalks and multiuse paths that directly impact our residents..
The commissioners unanimously approved to adopt the County staff's recommendations, which include:
- Moving the lighting installation date from late 2020 to September 2019.
- Installing 132 lights on the North and Central sections from Van Buren to Tropicana.
- Approval of lighting budget of $1,707,359 for the enhanced lighting, which will be funded by the Bridge Toll Fund.
A very warm thank you to the Board of Lee County Commissioners and the County Staff for taking action in this matter. They have been exceptional in working in partnership with our Association.