City of Naples News Release – December 13, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GULF SHORE BOULEVARD PROJECT UPDATE
This official summary is provided as part of the City’s ongoing public outreach efforts regarding potential design options for Gulf Shore Boulevard (GSB) and to clarify any miscommunications among stakeholders.
Please find the following statements of fact:
1. GSB between 2nd Avenue South and 8th Avenue North will be impacted by the Naples Beach Restoration & Water Quality Project. Excavation of large portions of the 60-foot right-of-way, which includes the roadway, sidewalk, and greenspace, will be impacted by this construction in order to install new stormwater pipes and catch basins that will help improve flood protection, water quality, and the beach shoreline.
2. It is anticipated that the aged water mains will be impacted and need replacement in order to maintain potable water service reliability and to avoid future damages to road restoration as a result of potential water main breaks.
3. The roadway design will raise GSB to a slightly higher elevation (less than one-foot increase) to improve street drainage and increase resiliency to sea level rise out to 2060.
4. The design to restore the impacted segment of GSB is ongoing. The road improvements will also be reviewed by the State permitting agency. A construction design will be reviewed and approved by City Council in April 2020, according to our estimated project timeline.
5. Regarding the design elements of the sidewalk and bike lanes; City staff is revisiting the originally proposed design options as it relates to width and impact to the greenscaped right-of-way.
6. Through March 2020, City staff will continue to meet with property owners along GSB who are directly impacted by the project, as well as other interested individuals and organizations with interest in the project.
For more information on this project, visit: https://www.naplesgov.com/beachoutfalls
Project Coordinator & Outreach
Andy Holland, P.E.
Gregg Strakaluse, P.E.