In an effort to complete a larger, continuous section before the peak of season, the reFRESH Estero Boulevard construction improvement will extend its active work zone from Palm Avenue to Chapel Street beginning Friday, December 16.
Motorists from Miramar to Chapel Streets will shift to the northbound and center lanes on Friday, December 16, so crews can work on the southbound lane. From the Key Estero Shops to south of Pearl Street, they will demolish and regrade the southbound lane before they rebuild and pave it to match the new inverted crown roadway. Workers will install concrete barriers due to the drop in elevation from the old road.
Crews will modify center lane pervious pavers from Avenue C to Miramar Street from Wednesday, December 21, to Friday, December 23, starting near Miramar and proceeding north to Avenue C, with steel plates marked by construction barrels at night to protect the road. There will be no work on this stretch from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, before resuming in early 2017; it will take approximately 15 work days to finish this.
Workers will stripe crosswalks from Crescent to Miramar Streets, and pour concrete curbs and sidewalks on the beach side from Palm Avenue to Chapel Street.
The project forced the closure of Voorhis Street at Estero Boulevard on Thursday, December 15, as crews pull pipe for the sanitary sewer force main installation, forcing motorists to use Donora Boulevard to access Shell Mound Boulevard and Voorhis. Flaggers are present but expect delays. Temporary sidewalks and shoulders go in between Jefferson Street and Bay Mar Drive, behind the sanitary sewer force main installation, with northbound traffic shifting to the center lane.
Under the Estero Boulevard waterline project, workers install the main water line on the beach side from Gulfview Avenue to Madera Road. There will be one-lane flagging, with alternate traffic shifting often, but expect delays and use caution.