Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sanibel Transportation Infrastructure Updates

City Improves Visibility at Four-Way Intersection

Responding to numerous suggestions from Club members, the City of Sanibel took on the project of improving visability at the northeast corner of the intersection of Periwinkle Way and Causeway Blvd. As a result, cyclists coming on-Island riding the path along Causeway Blvd. intending to cross Periwinkle, will now be able to see traffic from the East End departing the Island. And those vehicles will be able to see the cyclists. It may not be the ultimate solution, but it is a big step forward. Thanks to the Department of Public Works for the improvement.

Work Begins on Dunlop-Wooster Path Extension

The most significant shared use path extension in years is about to happen! Following final City Council approval in J u l y, construction has now started on the new path which will begin on the north side of Periwinkle at St. Michael’s Church, proceed east on Periwinkle, north along Dunlop, then west along Dunlop and Wooster to Palm Ridge Road. Thus, the Library, City Hall, and BIG Arts will all be conveniently accessible by bikes. The total cost is expected to be approximately $300,000. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

Construction Starts on Tarpon Bay Road Path -North of Periwinkle

The City has begun construction on the planned improvements for the Shared Use Path alongside Tarpon
Bay Road, north of Periwinkle. The new path will include a minimum of two feet of separation from the roadway and will be eight feet wide. As an extra bonus, the 'rumble strips' that cyclists have complained about for years, have been removed. 

Excerpts from Sanibel Bike Club News, August 2011, courtesy of Mike Miller. Check out the Sanibel Bicycle Club website for more details.

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