Project Description

Client: Simon Property Group

This project included a new four-lane 3.8 mile road that connects existing Sandy Lane at Corkscrew Road to Pelican Colony Boulevard at U.S. 41 to provide a segment of the north-south corridor from the City of Bonita Springs to Alico Road. It was designed within a 100 foot right of way corridor and required a “fast track” approach due to a new regional shopping mall which accelerated the need for the new roadway corridor.

Some of the elements of the project included establishing multiple turn lane locations for present and future usage, defining right of way, buffering with landscape elements, designing water and sewer needs, conveying drainage to joint use ponds, incorporating roundabouts at two intersections, and working with the Seminole Gulf Railway for Roadway crossing and drainage improvements. The roadway characteristics of these phases include new sidewalk, lighting, a sound wall, three new signals; one at U.S.41 at Village Shops Way and two on Sandy Lane; one for Coconut Road and one for Corkscrew Road. A new railroad crossing and an open cut installation of storm drains under Seminole Gulf Railway (SGRW) required critical coordination with the Dispatcher, Engineers and Construction Managers at SGRW.

Permitting included SFWMD ERP permits and development orders for each of the three phases, ACOE permits, and FDOT drainage and roadway connection permits. The project added significant surface water treatment areas; these lakes, swales and detention areas were constructed during high ground water levels and posed an unusual challenge to the Contractor. Both temporary and permanent storm water collection systems gathered surface water during construction and discharged into a sensitive wetland area causing rigorous attention by Lee County and the Department of Environmental Protection. Hole Montes monitored the runoff and assisted the Contractor to attain special dewatering permits and the services of a local environmental firm to keep construction on schedule.