What is the Capital Improvement Plan…and Why Should You Participate?

What do you think Estero needs most? All Estero citizens are encouraged to make their voices known as participants in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) process. It all begins with a Village Council workshop on March 4. This is the first opportunity to learn about the preliminary capital improvement options for fiscal year 2020-21.

Several projects are up for consideration in the coming year:

I-75_Corkscrew Road improvementsRoad Improvement Projects

  • Corkscrew Road (east of Ben Hill Griffin Parkway) — Widen to four lanes, add street lights, add substantial landscaping
  • River Ranch Road — Address traffic issues around Estero High School, add sidewalks and/or bicycle paths, implement drainage improvements

US 41 landscapingLandscaping Improvement Projects

  • Via Coconut Point (Coconut Road to Williams Road)
  • Ben Hill Griffin Parkway (Corkscrew Road to Estero Parkway)

Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvement Projects

  • Williams Road (Via Coconut to Three Oaks Parkway) — Add sidewalks and/or bicycle paths
  • Sandy Lane — Construct a shared use path along the east side of the road
  • Broadway East (US 41 to Sandy Lane) — Construct a shared use path and sidewalk

Estero Capital Improvement PlanParks & Recreation Projects

Estero Community Park Expansion:

  • A combination of sports fields and courts
  • Restroom facilities
  • Walking paths
  • Landscaping
  • Water management facilities

Estero on the River Master Plan Development

  • Planning process to understand project alternatives and the best possible use of the Village’s recently purchased land along the Estero River (east of Koreshan State Park)

Branding Projects

Installation of monument signs at significant entry points to the Village of Estero:

  • S. 41 (north and south)
  • Three Oaks Parkway (north and south)
  • I-75/Corkscrew Road Interchange (both directions)
  • Ben Hill Griffin Parkway (intersection at Estero Parkway)
  • Corkscrew Road at the eastern boundary of the Village of Estero (eastern edge of The Preserve)

Street Light Projects

  • Via Coconut Point (Williams Road to Coconut Road)
  • Three Oaks Parkway (Corkscrew Road to Williams Road)

Drainage Improvement Projects

  • Villages at Country Creek — Modify the swale around the Villages of Country Creek near the north branch of the Estero River to reduce flooding in the area
  • Dry Creek Bed Sediment Removal — Remove sediment from the dry riverbed that historically connected the north and south branches of the Estero River (west of the Villages at Country Creek) and reconnect these river branches.  This will reduce water levels in the North Branch, thereby reducing flooding in nearby communities.

Be a part of the process!

Help Estero Village Council members prioritize capital improvements so they can finalize a plan and set a schedule for completion. In addition to the March 4 workshop, a community open house will be happening later this month. Details will be announced via the Village website. You can also stay informed by signing up for Village of Estero emails.

A web page dedicated to the Capital Improvement Plan may be accessed at https://estero-fl.gov/CIP. All potential projects will be listed with cost estimates and probable sources of funding.

Village Council will vote on the final Capital Improvement Plan in April. Residents are encouraged to participate in this important process which sets the course for improvements in our community.