Lee County MPO Rail Trail Meeting
Rail Trail Meeting
Posted on 05/26/2022
TrailJoin the Lee County MPO for a Public Meeting
A public meeting, hosted by the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization, will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 6 p.m., at the Estero Recreation Center –Estero rooms 103 A & B, located at 9200 Corkscrew Palms Boulevard, Estero, FL 33928. A formal presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m.
In March 2021, the Lee County MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) in partnership with the City of Bonita Springs and the Village of Estero, commissioned a consultant team to begin a study to analyze the long-term feasibility of a public multi-use trail within the Seminole Gulf Railway (SGLR) corridor south of Alico Road or alternatively in the adjacent surrounding areas. The study is funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Sun Trail Program with local matches from the City of Bonita Springs and the Village of Estero.
The Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and their partners are seeking public input on the Rail-Trail Feasibility Study that is underway. The public is invited to provide input on three alternatives for a north/south public multi-use trail through south Lee County and into north Collier County. The trail alternatives are being studied as part of the regional efforts to plan and develop the Gulf Coast Trail from Pinellas County down to Collier County. The study team will use public input to help select a Preferred Alternative(s) to advance to the next project phase.

The study area boundaries include Bonita Beach Road (south), Alico Road (north), US 41 (west) and I-75 (east). The proposed trail will pass through south Lee County into north Collier County through the City of Bonita Springs and the Village of Estero. Concept alternatives will identify right-of-way (ROW) impacts, security measures, maintenance procedures, and environmental impacts. The preliminary analysis evaluated trail connectivity, project readiness, service, and user experience. The study also collected data on ROW, planning-level costs, rail-trail crossings, and existing utilities. The three alternatives include a rail-to-trail alignment, a rail-with-trail alignment, and a trail alignment adjacent to existing roadways.

For more information, please visit LeeCollierRailTrail.com or by e-mail at [email protected].