Estero residents can expect to see a number of improvements in 2022 which will aid traffic flow, provide greater opportunity and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, and enhance the beauty of the Village of Estero. Planning also continues for trails to be built on the “Estero on the River” property.
Estero on the River
In 2019, the Village acquired 67.5 acres at the northeast corner of U.S. 41 and Corkscrew Road along the Estero River. Since that time,seven dilapidated structures on the site were removed for safety. An extensive tree study was conducted which demonstrated the site contains many native trees including oaks, sabal palms and pine trees. A portion of the site is also home to gopher tortoises.
Designing a trail system is the first step to opening this natural area for public enjoyment. Phase 1 will include construction of a loop trail (orange trail on map), just under one mile in length, which is likely to be completed sometime in summer 2022. Future phases would add additional trails (yellow) and boardwalks over the wetlands (red).
The long-term vision is to connect this land to Koreshan State Park to provide up to 330 acres of continuous green space for residents to enjoy for generations to come.
To help improve the health of the Estero River, three separate utility extension projects will be ongoing in 2022.
Package Waste Water Treatment Plants (Cypress Bend, Estero Bay Village and Sunny Groves)
River Ranch Road – Design and permitting for roadway, drainage and pedestrian improvements
Williams Road and Atlantic Gulf Drive – Design and permitting for intersection improvements on Williams Road west of U.S. 41. These improvements will fix existing unsafe conditions and improve traffic flow. Construction is expected in early 2023.
Sandy Lane and Broadway East — Planning and concept design for bike and pedestrian improvements
Williams Road — Construction plans and permitting for bike and pedestrian improvements
Corkscrew Road – Completing construction plans for pathways, landscaping and street lighting in the second quarter of 2022
Ben Hill Griffin Parkway landscaping – In late 2021, Village Council approved a landscaping concept plan. The Village’s consultant will continue working on the design, and construction is scheduled to start this summer.
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