Burnt Store Road Widening Project
The speed limit is reduced to 45 miles per hour.
Construction is underway!
The Lee County Department of Transportation (LC DOT) and their contractor Quality Enterprises, continue to widen Burnt Store Road from Diplomat Parkway to Van Buren Parkway. This project consists of the initial widening of Burnt Store road to four lanes (ultimately the future design is for six lanes with a two-lane frontage road). The right-of-way along Burnt Store Road was 200 feet. Lee County acquired an additional 155 feet along the east side of existing Burnt Store Road to accommodate the four-lane section and the six-lane ultimate concept.
This site will keep you updated throughout the project! Please check the Closures/Detours page for updates.
What to Expect During Construction
The construction of the new northbound roadway will begin first and will not impact traffic flow until the roadway is nearly complete. Then the contractor will tie-in the new roadway into existing Burnt Store Road, then switch the two-lane roadway to the new lanes. Then work begins on reconstructing existing Burnt Store Road. The work will be done during the day and expect the typical sounds of construction. Back-up “beepers” are required on all construction equipment. There will be pile driving during construction of the bridges.
This north segment from Diplomat Parkway to Van Buren Parkway costs $15.3 million and the City of Cape Coral’s utility conduits are $550,000. The project is expected to be complete spring 2017.
Under Bridge Pedestrian Walkway
As part of the Burnt Store Road Widening Project, Lee County is raising the elevation of the new bridges to provide pedestrian access underneath the bridges. With the exception of Gator Slough, all new bridges will be raised and will have lighted pedestrian underpasses to allow safe passage under Burnt Store Road and will connect to the sidewalk and multi-use path. The fresh water in the weir basins below the bridges are an essential water resource that supplements 60% of the City of Cape Coral‘s irrigation system. The City has no plans on removing the subject weir structures.
The central segment from Tropicana Parkway to Diplomat Parkway is scheduled for 2016/2017 with a $4.8 million construction estimate. The south segment from Pine Island Road to Tropicana Parkway is scheduled for construction in 2018/2019 with a $8.7 million construction estimate.