The project is being proposed in multiple phases to expedite construction (see phasing exhibit for phase limits). The initial phase, Phase 1 – from BHG to Bella Terra, was previously permitted and right-of-way acquired and can be made “construction ready” quicker than Phase 2 to the east. Phase 2 still has significant permitting and right-of-way acquisition efforts that require additional time.
Phase 1 construction is anticipated to begin in late 2020/early 2021. The Phase 2 construction schedule is TBD given the permitting and right-of-way acquisition efforts needed.
As part of the design various alternative intersection concepts, including roundabouts, will be evaluated. The appropriate intersection control at each intersection will be determined based on safety, operational efficiency and cost.
Existing signals will remain and a new signal will be constructed at Alico Road which is in Phase 2.
Sidewalks are proposed on both sides of the roadway as well as on-road 4’ bike lanes.
Core level landscaping is proposed for the corridor.
The EEPCO study analyzed the short-term improvements necessitated by several specific proposed developments. From that study a proportionate share agreement was reached requiring those developers to contribute their fair share to the proposed improvements. While these improvements are incorporated as part of this project the County is also evaluating long term needs of the corridor. Design for the current improvements are based on a design horizon year of 2045.
As part of the design the County will be doing a detailed Access Management analysis for the corridor. Not all developments and sideroads can be provided full access and/or signalization. Proposed access and signalization will be based on safety and operational efficiency of the entire corridor.
The I-75 interchange is under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). FDOT has interim improvements proposed for the interchange that should begin construction in late summer 2019. A separate Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) study is also being performed by FDOT to evaluate long term improvements necessary for the Interchange and the overall Interstate.