The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a
public meeting to discuss the operational analysis study to identify a series
of mobility improvements for State Road (SR) 865 (San Carlos Boulevard)
from south of Estero Boulevard to County Road (CR) 869 (Summerlin Road),
approximately 3.1 miles, in Lee County.
The public meeting is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the
Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church, 100 Chapel Street, Fort Myers Beach,
The purpose of this operational analysis study is to determine locations and
types of operational deficiencies that exist along the project corridor and identify
specific improvement alternatives that can be developed and evaluated. The
goal of the study is to identify ways to reduce travel times on SR 865 (San
Carlos Boulevard) during the peak seasons for people getting onto and off
of Estero and San Carlos Islands. Adding additional lanes on San Carlos
Boulevard may not be feasible, so improvements are needed for all modes of
travel including busses and trolleys, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. In addition
to the emphasis on alternative modes of transportation, improvements to safety
and accessibility are also an important element of the study.
The proposed project is also intended to promote emphasis for alternative
transportation use and to increase public transit ridership. The project will also
enhance mobility and safety for vehicular and non-vehicular transportation and
increase accessibility and connections between community points of interest.
Traffic volume on SR 865 (San Carlos Boulevard) from south of Estero
Boulevard to CR 869 (Summerlin Road) averages about 25,000 vehicles per
day during peak season. Traffic is expected to increase to over 31,000 vehicles
per day by the year 2040.
Since beginning the study, FDOT has been conducting analyses, meeting with
stakeholders, and identifying potential improvements to address the operational
deficiencies. Input received to date has been incorporated where feasible.
Potential improvements include improved signalization; adding sidewalks and
bicycle lanes where currently not present, including the Matanzas Pass bridge
and Hurricane Bay bridge; and enhanced transit service.
The purpose of the meeting is to present potential improvements identified by
the study team and to obtain comments so that the department can determine
which improvements to move forward to the next phase of development. The
meeting will be conducted in an informal open house setting. Attendees are
encouraged to come to this meeting at any time between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to
review the potential improvements. Project information, aerial photographs and
poster board displays will be available for review. Department representatives
will be available during the meeting to informally discuss the project and to
answer your questions. This meeting will give interested people the opportunity
to review displays and talk one-on-one with staff. Written comments are
FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national
origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require
special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or
people who require translation services (free of charge) should contact
Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator, at (863) 519-2573 or by
e-mail at Jamie.email@example.com at least seven (7) days prior to the
meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency
using the Florida Relay Services, 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or 1 (800) 955-
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by
applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have
been, carried out by FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum
of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal
Highway Administration and FDOT.