BOCC approves Kismet/Littleton roadway merger
The Board of County Commis-sioners really didn’t have to pull the realignment for the Kismet Parkway and Littleton Road intersection. As it was a consent item, it would have passed with everything else.
However, when Brian Hamman pulled it for further discussion, he admitted it was to acknowledge the great work the Department of Transportation did in making the idea work.
Following the city of Cape Coral’s lead two weeks ago, the BOCC did vote in favor of the proposed southern alternative in aligning the two roads during the board’s regular meeting Tuesday in Fort Myers.
Hamman said it would provide another much needed east-west road to get people in and out of Cape Coral and to U.S. 41.
“This is an east-west corridor that will help get people to work more safely. Originally this was supposed to take out about three homes, but the staff put out a southern alternative that served to save the city $2.5 million,” Hamman said.
David Urich said in public comment that a realignment was asked for 20 years ago for what he called the “Poor Man’s Beltway.”
“I’m glad to see it at this stage. It’s a great connection to get people across the Cape,” Urich said. “Now, we need to connect Kismet to Burnt Store Road.”
This project is a joint effort with the city and county. On June 21, 2016, the BOCC approved an Interlocal Agreement with the city to outline the funding arrangements of the project. The city and county will jointly fund all costs for this project.
There were two options for design: northern and southern. The northern option would have forced the removal of three homes on Kismet near the Littleton intersection, which would have added $2.5 million to the cost.
A public workshop was held on Jan. 9, with the majority in attendance in favor of the southern alternative. On March 5, the Cape Coral City Council unanimously approved the southern alternative.
The design calls for widening the two-lane section on Littleton Road to four lanes in order to match Kismet Parkway. It also includes on-road bike lanes and 6-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides of the road.
The southern alternative will cut through small portions of property owned by LCEC and an area set for a proposed industrial park, where a roundabout is also planned on Corbett Road.
Currently, people wanting to get on Kismet from Littleton have to take a left and a quick right.