The decisions regarded plans to widen the road from two lanes to four lanes, specifically to move the planned dates for this project forward. To this end, the MPO made the following changes to the Cost Feasible Transportation Projects in the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan.
The construction of the segment of Corkscrew Road between Ben Hill Griffin and the Corkscrew Preserve entrance, originally slated for 2026-2030, was moved up to the window of 2021-2025. The funding for planning, engineering, and right of way acquisition of the portion of the road between the Corkscrew Preserve and Alice Road was moved to the same date as above. They are also planning to start construction of this segment in 2026-2030, moving it up from the original planned date of 2031-2040.
To accommodate these changes, a planned extension of Three Oaks Parkway stretching from Daniels Road to Alico Road was pushed back until 2031 at the earliest. Also being delayed 5 to 10 years was an extension of 40th Street to Lehigh Acres.
By Trent Townsend