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County to pursue parcel purchases for Littleton widening

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Apr 7, 2021

news@breezenewspapers.com

For the widening of Littleton Road to be completed, the county will need to acquire several parcels of land near U.S. 41.

During Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting at the Old Courthouse in Fort Myers, it was to be determined whether the county would be able to authorize staff to pursue, either through voluntary means or through the use of eminent domain, the acquisition of three parcels for the Littleton Road widening from Corbett Road to U.S. 41.

The parcels needed are thin strips of land along Littleton to U.S. 41.

The land is needed to accommodate turn lanes as well as the beginning of the bike and walking paths, storm drainage and utilities.

The county will attempt to reach an agreement with the owners of the properties. If that cannot be completed, the county will use eminent domain to acquire them.

The construction of this project is anticipated to begin next fiscal year.

The project was approved in 2018 and will cost nearly $14.3 million.

A four-lane alternative was considered, but that would have cost more than double, at $31.2 million.

The project would include two 11-foot travel lanes, a 12-foot center turn lane, curb and gutter, six-foot sidewalks and four-foot bicycle lane. A minimum width from zero to 24 feet of right-of-way is needed to accommodate those improvements.

The purpose of this project is to reduce congestion due to projected growth in the area, provide for safe travel conditions, decrease emergency response times, add bicycle and pedestrian facilities and improve traffic.