The Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) voted to move up the date of widening Corkscrew Road from two lanes to four lanes east of the I-75 interchange.
At their October 16, 2015, meeting, they recommended the following changes to their Cost Feasible Transportation Projects in the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan:
- Begin construction of the Corkscrew Road segment between Ben Hill Griffin and the entrance to Corkscrew Preserve in 2021-25, formerly planned for 2026-30.
- Fund the planning, engineering and right of way acquisition of the segment between the entrance to Corkscrew Preserve and Alico Road in 2021-25, formerly planned for 2026-30.
- Begin construction of the segment between the entrance to Corkscrew Preserve and Alico Road to 2026-30, formerly planned for 2031-40.
The MPO delayed the extension of Three Oaks Parkway from Alico Road to Daniels Road from 2021-25 until 2031-40, and an extension of 40th Street to Lehigh Acres by 5 -10 years, in order to be able to fund the Corkscrew Road widening changes.
Other items of business included the MPO’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee presenting a resolution to the board calling for restoration of 100 percent impact fees to pay for needed roads and schools. Impact fees are paid by developers of new construction. Lee County Commissioners reduced impact fees by 80 percent in 2013 and by 55 percent in 2015.
The MPO is responsible for establishing transportation planning for Lee County. Its board is made up of elected officials from Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero, Ft. Myers, Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel and the Lee County Commission.