|Published:||May 24, 2011 11:32 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 24, 2011 11:32 PM EDT|
Bonita Springs, Fla.-Construction has started on a two-mile stretch of road that runs alongside Bonita Beach.
When the widening of Hickory Boulevard is complete, bicyclists will have four extra feet on each side of the street to travel in.
For those who frequently make the journey, the extra room means a little more safety.
"People drive very fast even when they're passing a biker," says bicyclist Deni Howley.
The $500,000 project started last week, with crews tearing into driveways, prepping for expansion.
Some neighbors say it's not the demo that bothers them, it's the cleanup.
According to the transportation department, the county will pay to replace concrete or asphalt driveways once widening is done, but people with brick pavers will have to foot their own bill.
"That part bothered me," says homeowner Dennis Blum.
"But I think it's a good improvement to the street to have bicycle access both ways."
The county says people who used pavers had to pull a permit to do so and were warned that anything going into the right of way had to be replaced at their own expense.
Crews are stacking torn-up pavers in people's yards on palettes.
That leads some to wonder how long they will sit there.
"Now we need 67 contracts to fix 67 driveways. It's going to take years to get it back to where it was," says Rick Steinmeyer, who lives on the street.
The project is expected to wrap up by mid-June.
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