Estero Boulevard Update – Dec. 03, 2015

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Lanes Shift as County Project Begins

As Lee County prepares to install sanitary sewer lines between Crescent Street and the Lani Kai, over the next few days workers will be moving Bob’s Barricades in order to shift two lanes of traffic into the center and bayside lanes of Estero Boulevard. The work is part of the County’s Estero Boulevard reconstruction project, which will begin to pick up steam as the Town finishes its waterline replacement project on the section of Estero that runs from Time Square to Lover’s Lane.

“The Town has now made all the connections to the new water pipe from Lani Kai to the bridge, and has one more connection to make from Lani Kai south,” said Kaye Molnar of Cella Molnar and Associates, project spokesperson. “We are pressure testing the lines on the south end of the project area as we near completion of the waterline replacement.”

Rumors that the county’s sub-contractor for the sewer line left the project are unfounded, according to Kaye, and likely got started due to the fact that little work was done during the recent holiday week.

“Both the Town and the County wanted to keep the road open for Thanksgiving and for Sand Sculpting, so there really wasn’t any place for the workers to go,” she said. “But that contractor has done the sewer lines already between Lovers Lane and Red Coconut, and next week they’re going to start work between Lani Kai and Crescent Street.”

Motorists driving by that area this week will see workers laying in the ‘dewatering pipes’ – little pipes that pump water from the bottom of the trench to allow access to the pipes.

Once the new sewer lines are in – note, the sewer lines are located on the opposite side of Estero as the water, so that’s why traffic will be shifted to the bay side instead of the Gulf side of the road – then the county will begin the road reconstruction project itself. This will include new sidewalks, traffic lanes and other improvements. Two lanes of traffic will remain open for nearly all of this project.

“The section between the Lani Kai and Crescent should go pretty fast because the county doesn’t have to install a centerline drainage system as that section already has drainage,” Kaye said. “Vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be shifted from side to side as work progresses, but the county has promised to keep two lanes open at all times, barring an unforeseen circumstance.”

“Contractors for Lee County’s Estero Boulevard Improvements project will install sanitary sewer and storm drainage improvements, improve trolley stops and build sidewalks on both sides of Estero Boulevard from Crescent Street to Lovers Lane.  This project also includes the relocation of existing utilities including FPL power poles, telephone and cable lines, and sewer force mains.  This project is being done in conjunction with the Town of Fort Myers Beach’s waterline installation and the addition of TECO gas lines along Estero Boulevard from Times Square to Red Coconut RV Park.”

Have questions or want more information? Visit the website at 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, please contact the reFRESH Estero Boulevard public information officer, Kaye Molnar, Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc. at 239-337-1071 or via e-mail to kmolnar@cella.cc.

Keri Hendry Weeg