Many people are only vaguely aware of the size and scope of the major Bonita Springs Downtown Improvement project. The following description from the City of Bonita Springs provides a nice overview of the improvements:
About the project
During the past few years, the City has been working on conceptual plans to improve downtown including drainage, utility relocations, additional parking, and streetscape features. Decorative elements such as benches, trash cans, bike racks, banner sign posts and landscape planters will be incorporated into the streetscape design.
There are specific improvements that are included in the project. On Old 41 Road, from Tennessee Street to Terry Street, plans include irrigated curbed medians that will allow future landscaping. The design improvements will accommodate vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
From Oak Creek to the Imperial River, overhead utility lines on Old 41 Road will be relocated or buried underground to improve the aesthetics of the area. The project will improve and widen the Imperial River bridge replacing the railings to open scenic views to the river and to better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. The project also includes storm water improvements to accommodate future development.
Felts Avenue offers a unique opportunity to provide underground storage and treatment for storm water within the right-of-way and will also provide additional parking for downtown.
Roundabouts are being evaluated at Pennsylvania Avenue and Terry Street. Roundabouts provide many benefits when compared to a traditional intersection. Advantages include less delay, less expense to maintain, capacity to accommodate fluctuating traffic counts, longer life span, and fewer and less severe crashes while providing a more visually pleasing intersection.
Modern Roundabouts are designed to be safer for pedestrians and bicyclists than traditional intersections. Vehicles are moving at a slower rate of speed in roundabouts – typically between 15 and 20 miles per hour. Crosswalks are also set further back from traffic, allowing drivers more time to react to pedestrians and bicyclists before merging into or out of the roundabout. Triangular islands between lanes of traffic give pedestrians a safe place to wait if they choose to cross only one direction of traffic at a time.
Follow this link for informative project documents including Newsletter, Handout, Roundabout details and more