Be Careful Out There!
The Town of Fort Myers Beach and Lee County are installing new water mains, sanitary sewer force mains and storm drainage, as well as sidewalks and a roadway on Estero Boulevard from Crescent Street to Madera Road. Two travel lanes remain open most of the time, but motorists may experience one-lane traffic with flaggers so expect delays. Crews work year-round Monday through Friday and most Saturdays. The active zone is from the Lani Kai Island Resort and Avenue C to Strandview Avenue, just north of Publix, so expect lane shifting and intermittent closures when necessary.
Crews are forming and pouring new sidewalks to Palermo Street, and are modifying pervious pavers from Avenue C to Miramar Street, with steel plates and construction barrels required at night; this will be complete in early February. Motorists will use the northbound and center lanes from Miramar Street to Lovers Lane while work progresses on the south lane.
Workers will demolish and regrade the southbound lane from Key Estero Shops to south of Pearl Street to match the inverted crown roadway elevation before rebuilding and paving it. Crews will install concrete barriers due to the elevation drop. Drivers must do U-turns to reach destinations on the opposite side of the boulevard; if you exit side streets in this segment, you must turn right on Estero Boulevard then make a U-turn.
In Segment 2, from Connecticut Street to Coconut Drive, motorists use the center and southbound lanes while crews install sanitary sewer force mains followed by grading and paving for temporary shoulders and sidewalks on the bay side, while water main work continues on the beach side. Crews from Junkanoo’s to Connecticut as well as from Gulfview Avenue to Madera Road are laying water main on the beach side; expect one-lane flagging with alternating traffic.
Segment 1 will be complete by the end of March, with roadway bids for Segment 2 to opened on Tuesday, January 31, and work beginning after Easter and Season in May. Segment 2 will last 14 to 18 months, with estimated completion in early Fall 2018. Segment 3 from Strandview Avenue to Albatross Street should commence then through early 2020, leaving only Segment 4 to the southern tip of Estero Island. Initial work will be sanitary sewer force main and water line installation. Due to construction constraints, this may well begin in the center of the section, so do not be concerned by this pattern.
Our spectacular winter weather has people out bicycling, walking and running on Fort Myers Beach. Please remember these construction zones and use appropriate caution. Crews monitor and sweep these areas routinely to make biking and pedestrian travel as safe as possible, but Estero Boulevard is an active construction zone with conditions changing daily and sometimes minute-to-minute, so be aware of different roadway surfaces, elevation, steel plates and loose gravel.