Collier County launches costliest road project with Vanderbilt Beach Road extension

The Vanderbilt Beach Road Extension — another seven miles into the Golden Gate Estates — will be the most expensive road project ever undertaken by Collier County.

A groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday officially launched a three-year project to extend Vanderbilt Beach Road east of Collier Boulevard to 16th Street Northeast. “For those of us who have been here for a long time, we know this project is too late,” said county commission chairman Bill McDaniel, noting that the county’s development management plan had in 2006 accelerated the road project in his district. Gave.

Apparently, the project remained dormant and incomplete for many years. Trinity Scott, head of the county’s Department of Transportation Management Services, said plans for the new roadway were put on hold due to the slowdown in the economy, at 60% of the project’s design stage in 2009. “Fortunately, in 2017 the project was dusted off and design resumed and in July 2022 the Board of County Commissioners proceeded with contracting the lowest responsive and responsible bidder for construction, Sasir Construction USA LLC allowed to grow. Sasir was investigated and found to have done well on several major road construction projects in Florida as well as other parts of the United States,” she said.

The delay in starting the project can mostly be attributed to the economy and the sheer size of the project,” said Jai Ahmed, the county’s director of transportation engineering, who oversees the department responsible for the project’s design, permissions and acquisition of rights. Huh. ,

“It’s a seven-mile project, $153 million of construction,” he said. “We are spending approximately $45 million for the right-of-way acquisition. The design and permission and effect for the permit is approximately $10 million. More than $200 million of taxpayer money is being spent on the project, which is spreading it east of the colliery.

Ahmed said the road drawn east of Collier Boulevard would look like an airport-pulling road from Vanderbilt Beach Road to the west of Collier Boulevard. “Six lanes will be built to Wilson (Boulevard) and two lanes to 16th Street east of Wilson,” he said. “There will be new traffic lights and new signals on Eighth Street, Wilson and 16th Street.”

About 1.5 miles of the Cypress Canal running parallel to Vanderbilt Beach Road will be relocated to allow the construction of the road. Ahmed said the county had acquired land to the south that would allow it to move that canal.

“The right-of-way acquisition was key to this project,” he said. “More than 311 parcels of land we acquired to be able to build this road with a path of about 200 feet. So, 311 parcels were taken by Robert Bosch [the county’s manager of right-of-way acquisition] Through negotiations and eminent domains, unfortunately, in some cases. We are in talks to settle some of them.”

Improvements to some side roads are also included in the huge cost of the project. This included work on the north side of Vanderbilt along Massey Street, Danbury Boulevard and Douglas Road, as well as Weber Boulevard on the south side of Vanderbilt. Ahmed said a multi-use walkway for pedestrians and cyclists would be built on the northern side of the Vanderbilt Beach Road extension. Vanderbilt Beach Road Extension Groundbreaking

When finished, the new road provided an alternative to travel to ease traffic on Immocelle Road and Golden Gate Boulevard, as well as create an improved transportation grid system in the estates with new connections at Wilson, Eighth Street and 16th Street. Will do, Ahmed said.

“This road is going to make a difference. This will make a difference to you and your children and your children’s children,” County Commissioner Penny Taylor said while speaking to attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The current project ends at 16th Street Northeast in the estates, but the expansion will not end there. “Although they keep telling you that this is a three-year project, it’s just the beginning of the next phase,” McDaniel said.

“Infrastructure is the key to success for our community to maintain our quality of life. Without infrastructure, we lose our quality of life. Next after completion of this road in ’24-’25 The section will begin that will take Vanderbilt to Everglades Boulevard and connect with those road systems and provide an even greater opportunity for our community to move forward in and through our community.”

Project by Number

(Vital Figures at Vanderbilt Beach Road Extension)

7 – Miles covered by road project

15.5 – Miles planned stormwater drainage improvements

18 – Plan to build a pond site for flood protection

24.5 – Planned curb miles on either side of the extension

311 – Number of parcels taken through conversation or eminent domain

15,000 – Pipes used for utilities

1.3 million – Cubic yards of dirt to be brought in

72,000+ – Required truck load to fetch the dirt

82,000 – Tons of asphalt to be used on the finished road

$45 million – Expenses for right-of-way acquisition

$153 million – Contract amount with Sasser Construction USA

$200 million-plus – Total taxpayer dollars being spent on the project

2025 – Estimated completion of construction at the beginning of that year

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