The 16-mile University Loop route centers on Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), a key institution and economic driver for Lee County. The new sidewalks, shared-use pathways and bike lanes being added through the Lee County Complete Streets Initiative bring FGCU closer to the community than ever before. As students, faculty and staff explore this region the more it begins to feel like home. The improvements also make travelling to regional shopping and entertainment venues, such as Gulf Coast Town Center, Miromar Outlets and Germain Arena easier and more accessible than ever, enhancing the quality of life for our residents and visitors.
The University Loop improvements include building 5-foot bike lanes on both sides of Corkscrew Road between Corkscrew Woodlands Boulevard and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. It also includes removing the existing sidewalk on the north side of FGCU Boulevard and replacing it with a 10-foot, concrete shared-use path, adding an 8-foot, concrete sidewalk on the south side of FGCU Boulevard from FGCU South Court to FGCU South Court and a 6-foot sidewalk along FGCU South Court to the Sugden Welcome Center. A pedestrian refuge island and crosswalk will be added in front of the Welcome Center to enhance safety while crossing the road.
Progress: Crews have completed adding bike lanes on both sides of Corkscrew Road between the Woodlands and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. Work on the FGCU portion of the project is slated to begin in the summer of 2016.