Two major goals of this project include improving safety for all users (motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians), and improving the drainage on Estero Boulevard. To achieve these goals, proposed improvements to the first segment of Estero Boulevard will require use of all existing 50-foot right-of-way. Florida Power & Light will move all utility poles and overhead power lines to the edge of the right-of-way as part of an ongoing planned project. This will maximize the sidewalk width available for pedestrians and for bicyclists that choose not to ride in the roadway.
The first segment of reconstructed Estero Boulevard from Crescent Street to Lovers Lanewill provide:
• 10-foot travel lanes in each direction marked with bicycle “sharrows” for shared use by bicyclists and motorists
• 11-foot center turn lane
• 9-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides of road
Lee County is working with LeeTran to improve trolley stop and crosswalk locations. At some trolley stops, design plans incorporate travel lane shifts that allow vehicles to continue past stopped trolleys. Street lighting at crosswalks will be improved. Landscaping opportunities in the first segment will be limited due to the narrow right-of way, but will be included where space is available. Improvements to storm drainage are included as part of this project. New underground water and sewer lines will also be installed in coordination with the road work. Although this project is not designed to ease seasonal vehicular traffic congestion, improvements will help travelers safely shift to alternative transportation modes such as bicycling, walking or using the trolley.