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Meeting on Littleton/Kismet realign set for Tuesday

By Staff | Jan 4, 2018

Those who use Littleton Road and Kismet Parkway on a daily basis know the challenge it can be to get from one road to the next.

On Tuesday, those drivers will have a chance to put in their two cents on how those roads can be connected.

The Lee County Department of Transportation will host a public meeting on the Littleton Road/Kismet Parkway realignment study from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Northside Baptist Church Worship Center, 8250 Littleton Road in North Fort Myers.

Lee County, in conjunction with the city of Cape Coral, is developing and evaluating alternative realignments for Kismet Parkway and Littleton Road at Northeast 24th Avenue.

The open house workshop is an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the study. The public is welcome to meet with Lee County DOT staff, who will be available to answer questions, officials said.

Vince Miller, senior engineer and project manager for the realignment, said people will see proposed alignment exhibits and preliminary matrixes showing the options, which will help them visualize the options.

“We want input from people who use the road on a daily basis. They know things about the road that those who don’t use it would never know,” Miller said. “We value their input because they drive the roads and will be the users.”

Littleton Road and Northeast 24th Avenue are on the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2040 Cost Feasible Road and Highway Projects Long Range Transportation plan to be widened to four lanes.

The idea is to connect the two roads and make them one, then four-lane the Littleton section. Currently, heading toward Cape Coral, a driver has to turn left and make an immediate right to access Kismet.

Miller said he hopes the public will see what’s happening

“Many times, what happens is that the presentations help the public out as they see what’s being anticipated. It addresses their concerns,” Miller said. “At the end of the day, the more information both sides receive, the more effective we are at not upsetting someone.”

Miller said after the workshop, they will incorporate the comments into the study’s report and present that to the Cape Coral City Council and the Lee County Commission for adoption sometime this summer.

Once that happens, design and land acquisition will occur based on what design is chosen. Construction should begin in the Spring 2019 and be completed in 12 to 15 months, Miller said.

The study includes evaluation of alternative intersection configurations at the Northeast 24th Avenue and Corbett Road intersections. A preferred realignment concept will be determined based on engineering analysis, traffic operations/safety, cost, environmental considerations and public involvement.

Members of the public with questions about the project or scheduled public workshop can contact Miller at 533-8577 or vmiller@leegov.com.