Placida paving project to continue through 2018

May 26, 2017
By Marcy Shortuse

■ BY SUE ERWIN
If you’ve commuted to Englewood from the island recently, you’ve certainly noticed it’s taking more time than usual.
The $13.4 million construction project along Placida Road in Cape Haze is well underway.
Eight different construction crews are working on the project. The goal is to complete as much work as possible before the summer rains come. “
The project has multiple parts,” said Charlotte County Public Works Project Manager Jay Slade.
“The project calls for the construction of a 10-foot wide pedestrian/bicycle sidewalk, as well as new storm water drainage that will run 6.5 miles on the east side of Placida Road from the Boca Grande Causeway to Rotonda Boulevard West,” Slade said.
The project also calls for the construction of left-turn lanes at Panama Drive and Bantry Bay, and a southbound deceleration lane at the Cape Haze Boulevard intersection. Placida Road will also be resurfaced from the Boca Grande Causeway to Rotonda Boulevard West. Charlotte County Utilities will also be installing a sewer main and extending a reused-water irrigation line 6.8 miles from Rotonda Circle, west on Rotonda Boulevard West, south on Placida Road to Fishery Road, just past the Boca Grande Causeway, where it will cross to the east side of the road.
The reused-water line will be connected to a similar line running south along Gasparilla Road. Johnson Engineering, Inc. is the design contractor, and several subcontractors will be helping with the work as well.
Much of the work to date has been concentrated from the Boca Grande Causeway to Cape Have Drive, and will move north to Rotonda Boulevard West. Originally, Charlotte County officials envisioned a bigger project that would have extended the four-lane portion of Placida Road as well as lining the road with streetlights and paved shoulders. But Charlotte County commissioners put a stop to that idea in 2012.
The project is being funded by Charlotte County’s one percent infrastructure sales tax.
Slade said the work is scheduled to be completed by May 2018.