Making a Lehigh Acres
Road a ‘Complete Street’
Residents will soon see some major development starting in downtown Lehigh Acres. Lee County leaders are moving forward with funding a “complete street” project on Homestead Road to create a more downtown feel.
“It’s the beginning of what that new downtown is going to look like,” said Edd Weiner with the Lehigh Acres Economic Development.
Weiner said that the main drag will soon look very different, include dedicated turn lanes, brick sidewalks, a new drainage system and landscaping.
“I think it will be more inviting for developers to come in… the new downtown will be a place where you can park your car along the street, walk to a street side shop, walk to a residence in a mixed used center,” Weiner said.
The engineering study for the Homestead Road “complete street project” will cost about 2.5 million dollars. County leaders said they hope to give about 4.5 million dollars towards the plan.
“Compared to recent years and considering we’re doing this in the middle of a recession, that’s pretty significant,” Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann said.
The engineering study will take about 18 months. Leaders said they hope to start construction in about two years.