Public Participation Is Needed Now If Estero’s Transportation Needs Are to Be Funded Soon

Every five years the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is required by Federal law to update their Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

This update covers the period from now to 2040, thus it is call the 2040 Plan.

Once adopted by the MPO in December only projects included in the 2040 Plan can be funded from any funding source, Federal, state or local (County or Municipal) over the coming years.

Our best opportunity to make sure Estero is treated fairly in the Plan is:

A MPO 2040 Plan Public Workshop
5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25th
Estero Community Park

The public workshop will begin with a brief presentation by staff, followed by an opportunity for citizens to visit various display boards and talk informally with staff about your ideas, concerns, and questions.  The Lee MPO wants to know which projects you think would make the biggest difference to getting around Lee County, now and in the future.

Last week the MPO released it’s “Project Evaluation Criteria Spreadsheet and the Project Cost Estimates” ranking 107 pending transportation projects from throughout Lee County. At this time the list includes the following four important Estero Transportation projects:

  • Corkscrew I-75 Interchange…Ranked $7
  • Six lane Corkscrew Road from US41 to east of Ben Hill Griffin…Ranked #22
  • Four lane Corkscrew Road from Ben Hill Griffin to Alico Road…Ranked #37
  • New 2 lane Via Coconut Point extension from Pelican Colony Boulevard to Strike Lane in Bonita Springs…Ranked #87

Please join us at the Workshop and emphasize to the MPO, County and State Transportation representatives  how important these projects are for you and Estero.

The only Estero project that has widespread community support and is not included in the 2040 Plan is:

The 4 laning of Williams Road from US41 to Three Oaks Parkway

Once the Hertz Global Headquarters begins operations later this year and the future development of the Village Center area gets underway the need for this improvement will become more and more evident and should be promoted with the MPO now.

The MPO announcement of the meeting may be viewed by clicking the following: MPO-Announcement-re-8-25-15-Estero-Meeting

 

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