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Sanibel getting a facelift

By Staff | Aug 1, 2013

JIM LINETTE The shell packed access road to the Sanibel School Ball Fields has been outlined for the start of asphalt paving to be done. The project kicks off the city's annual street resurfacing project.

You may have noticed that parts of Sanibel and Captiva are getting a summer facelift before seasonal residents return to the islands.

LCEC is trimming overgrown vegetation near its power lines, Sanibel has begun its annual street resurfacing project and the city is continuing to trim vegetation on East Periwinkle Way prior to making major improvements to the shared use path project.

Four city roads are slated to be repaved along with miscellaneous asphalt repairs throughout the city. Workers began the process last week on Sanibel Captiva Road at The Sanibel School Ball Fields access road.

“The Ball Field access is a dirt road so there was some prep work to do before paving,” said Sanibel Public Works director Keith Williams. “With school starting we wanted to get that done first. Then they will likely start on West Gulf Drive.”

West Gulf Drive from Tarpon Bay Road to the west end will get a fresh coat of asphalt starting this week. Other stretches of roadway scheduled for improvements are Junonia Street from Donax to Pyrula Avenue and Oliva Street off Junonia.

“We have a regular cycle for repaving,” said Williams. “It’s based on the age of the roadway and the amount of traffic it carries. We also evaluate the actual conditions of roads to determine when to repave them.”

Williams reminds motorists to use caution when they encounter a construction zone. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times while streets are being repaved.

The city’s resurfacing contract this year is $674,979 and the contractor is required to complete the project within 45 days, well ahead of the return of seasonal residents.

LCEC started the vegetation work on Monday near South Seas Resort and continue down Sanibel Captiva Road. Crews will continue along the single phase circuits on Rabbit Road to West Gulf Drive.

As a courtesy, LCEC personnel will contact property owners prior to trimming and will leave door hangers when person-to-person contact is not made. The work is expected to take three months, weather permitting, according to LCEC officials.