As our readers pick up the Sand Paper on Friday morning, crews will be in front of Yo Taco putting in the permanent drainage structure. Throughout next week, they will then be closing that area up and replacing the temporary asphalt sidewalk with a brand new permanent one.
Project spokesperson Kaye Molnar said the Estero Boulevard Reconstruction Project – being done by Lee County – is humming along smoothly, with the sanitary sewer lines installed to Fairweather as of press time.
“Basically, they do the sidewalk demolition first, then they put the conduit in, and then they reconstruct the sidewalk,” she said. “Sometimes it may seem that work is slow going, but that’s because we may have to stop and put in a structure. We’re also trying to pressure test the new pipe as we go along.”
Once the new sewer lines are in, county workers are putting in the new 9’ foot sidewalks and curbing, some of which can be seen in the areas just south of Crescent Street. They will then work on replacing and improving the road, which will include drainage improvements.
“In the coming week, crews will be extending the sanitary sewer line down to Tropical Shores, installing storm drainage structures in front of Batiki West condominiums and making underground crossings at the following four locations: Avenue C/Batiki West Condos, DiamondHead parking lot/Palm Avenue, Gulf Beach Road and Bay Road,” she said. “Looking into the first part of April, we will see some lanes shifting as crews begin to install the center line drainage system. Eventually Estero Boulevard will slope towards the center – with the highest parts of the road being on the edges – as that’s how the new road is designed to drain when it rains.”
As far as the Town’s waterline replacement project, the new water main and a new gas line have been installed from Time Square to Red Coconut, with the only work remaining to be done is some patching and restoration of side streets in various locations.
Molnar told us that two lanes of traffic are kept open at all times during this work, and that pedestrians are rerouted to an adjacent newly asphalted area to walk on while the sidewalk is torn up.
“That’s pretty much what’s going to be happening over the next few weeks -the crews will keep working south,” she told us.
Have questions or want more information? Visit www.reFRESHFMBeach.com for construction information. You may sign up on the website to receive emails about the project. If you have questions or concerns during construction, contact the reFRESH Estero Boulevard public information officer, Kaye Molnar, Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc. at 239-337-1071 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keri Hendry Weeg