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S.E. 47th Terrace streetscape meeting Tuesday

By Staff | Sep 21, 2017

Southeast 47th Terrace is pretty much the place to go to enjoy night life in Cape Coral. The problem is, unlike Downtown Fort Myers, it is a little drab looking.

That’s why the city is investing in making the street look much more visually pleasing and safer, and it would like input from the public to help make that happen, officials said.

A public meeting will be held Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Vineyard Community Church, 923 S.E. 47th Terrace, to present the proposed design for streetscape improvements along Southeast 47th Terrace from Coronado Parkway to Del Prado Boulevard in South Cape. The meeting will feature the project’s design team providing a detailed overview of the proposed streetscape improvements, an anticipated project schedule, and it will lay out the potential traffic control options being considered during construction.

“We want input on the design options; pavers, lighting, things like that,” said Maureen Buice, city information specialist. “It will showcase the options and the citizens will give their preferences.”

The streetscape improvement plan includes replacing aging water, wastewater stormwater drainage pipes to increase capacity for future development, constructing a new roadway, likely using decorative pavers, adding a roundabout at Vincennes Boulevard, installing new curbing and sidewalks, and adding decorative street lighting.

The project is expected to enhance safety and convenience for walkers, cyclists, and motorists, as well as beautify one of the social hubs in the city, which city officials hope will enhance the community’s vibrancy and prepare for the future growth of downtown.

The project team will also gather feedback and answer questions on this design project.

The problem in recent months has been the escalating cost of the project. The commissioners for the Community Redevelopment Agency (the Cape Coral City Council) recommended the project continue as planned while city staff, design consultant CPH, Inc. and construction manager-at-risk, Chris-Tel Construction, looked for ways to reduce costs.

Over the last year, costs have climbed 15 to 20 percent, according to Public Works Director Paul Clinghan, with the biggest jump being in lighting and utilities.

As it stands right now, the total cost of the project is estimated to be between $8.5 million and $9 million.

The awarding of the bids for the project are expected to be done by the end of the year, with the project expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

For more information, contact Venegas at 676-3462 or via email at Maricelle.Venegas@QCAusa.com