State Road 31 from south of Bayshore Road (SR 78) to north of North River Road (CR 78) in Lee County

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About the Study

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The State Road 31 corridor serves as the primary north-south connection through a predominantly rural area of unincorporated Lee County. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a PD&E study to evaluate the potential widening of State Road 31 from south of Bayshore Road (SR 78) to north of North River Road (CR 78) in Lee County. The total project length is approximately 1.5 miles. SR 31 is classified by the FDOT as a rural minor arterial providing access to residential homes, agricultural lands, ranches, gravel mines and open space/conservation lands.

Regional Connectivity

State Road 31 from south of Bayshore Road (SR 78) to north of North River Road (CR 78) in Lee County serves as an important truck route for commercial vehicles shipping goods to and from Lee, Charlotte and DeSoto Counties. The expansion of SR 31 is anticipated to improve overall safety, emergency access and truck access and accommodate future growth in the northern portion of Lee County and southeastern portion of Charlotte County.

Emergency Evacuation

State Road 31 from south of Bayshore Road (SR 78) to north of North River Road (CR 78) in Lee County is part of the evacuation route network established by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Designated as a primary evacuation route, this facility is critical in evacuating residents throughout the northern portion of Lee County and the central and eastern portions of Charlotte County.

Public Involvement

Public involvement is an important part of the State Road 31 PD&E Study process. FDOT will use several methods for providing information to and receiving information from project stakeholders including public officials, agencies and interested citizens.  These include the website, newsletters, and a public hearing. Stakeholders always have access to the FDOT Project Manager via email and phone as well.

 

The meetings will help us identify issues  of concern and potential solutions. We will conduct the public hearing later in the study to present a preferred alternative and the no-build alternative.

 

After receiving input from the public hearing, FDOT will identify the preferred alternative. Additionally, we will make presentations to various governmental groups throughout the study process.