Published: Mar 03, 2011 5:38 PM EST
Updated: Mar 03, 2011 2:46 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.-- The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting Thursday to get public input on sidewalk installation projects planned along McGregor Blvd. between Colonial Blvd. and College Parkway in Fort Myers.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church along McGregor Blvd.

FDOT planners want to know what residents who live along that stretch of roadway have to say about the proposed construction.

The plan includes five projects, which range from adding or improving sidewalks to resurfacing McGregor Blvd. from College Parkway to Keenan Ave.

The estimated cost of all the projects is $1 million.

Debbie Tower with FDOT says the issue is not whether sidewalks should be installed, as they are needed for pedestrian and cyclist safety, but what to do with the large Royal Palm trees lining McGregor Blvd.

They would either have to be removed and replanted to make room for the sidewalks, or frontage streets on either side of McGregor would have to be reduced from two-way traffic to one-way traffic.

Tower says FDOT wants to know what the public thinks before wrapping up the design phase of the project.

Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2012.