Colorado Avenue in South Immokalee to get new sidewalks

The heavily traveled pedestrian thoroughfare of Colorado Avenue in South Immokalee will soon be cleaner and safer. 

The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is set to begin a project to build sidewalks along the street and cover what are now open drainage ditches filled with trash and, when it rains, nasty street runoff. 

Colorado Avenue transects one of the most densely populated neighborhoods of Immokalee and is a major pedestrian center because it is also home to Pinecrest Elementary School , the Immokalee Child Care Center, near Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church and other significant gathering spots. 

“Each morning and afternoon, as school begins and ends, the children and their chaperones are forced to walk in the street as they make their way to and from school,” explained Immokalee CRA Executive Director Bradley Muckel. “To that end, the primary purpose of the project is to provide safe, esthetically pleasing conditions for the citizens in the area. But before sidewalks can be installed on both sides of the roadway, the open drainage ditches will need to be transformed into a subsurface drainage conveyance system.”

Installation of the covered stormwater runoff system will also end summer flooding. 

Most of the money for the $517,300 project comes from a grant from the U.S Health and Human Services Department. The Immokalee CRA is also providing $136,725. Agnoli, Barber & Brundage of Naples is the design consultant on the project. Construction is set to begin in December.  

You can see the complete sidewalk design plans here and the drainage design plans here

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