Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for Corkscrew Road Widening Project
Lee County has contracted with Johnson Engineering to prepare plans to widen Corkscrew Road from Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to Alico Road, a distance of 4.4 miles. Corkscrew Road is a two-lane east-west arterial. The design of the roadway improvements will consist of two phases: Phase 1, Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to Bella Terra Boulevard, and Phase 2, Bella Terra Boulevard to Alico Road. Phase 1 design is complete and construction begins summer 2021. Phase 2 is at 90% design plans and permitting is underway.
Construction of Phase 1 will include six lanes from Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to Fire House Lane and then transition to a four-lane roadway that will extend east to Bella Terra Boulevard. The portion of the roadway from Fire House Lane to Bella Terra Boulevard will be expandable to six lanes in the future. Following construction of Phase 1, Phase 2 construction will be four lanes from Bella Terra Boulevard to Alico Road.
The roadway medians will vary from 22 to 44 feet. There will be 11-foot-wide lanes and 4-foot-wide on-road bike lanes.
The Village of Estero is planning to incorporate 10-foot-wide pathways on both sides for the entire limits within the Village boundaries, Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to the east side of Grandezza, on the north side and from Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to the east side of Bella Terra on the south side. The Village Council will determine the details for the pathway, lighting and landscaping. This work will likely occur after the roadway work is complete as it will require easements and permitting.
In Phase 2, from Bella Terra to Alico Road, Lee County will install core-level landscaping and street lighting. A 10-foot-wide shared-use path will be constructed on the south side of the roadway and a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side of the roadway
The typical sections and roadway concepts are provided on the project website on the overview tab.
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