COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Bikers and walkers you may want to pay attention to this one. There's plans in the works to build a sidewalk on a busy road in North Naples, and the county wants your help. The proposal is so new, the public hasn't even had a chance to see it!
The sidewalk would go on the north side of Immokalee Road for a mile long stretch between Livingston Road and Northbrooke Drive.
Michelle Avola with the Naples Pathway Coalition says what's available to the public on the north side of the road now, isn't much of an option at all.
"The wind that gets created when a truck goes past you or just a big van goes past you, you get blown on a bicycle. You're very vulnerable," Avola says of the foot of space pedestrians have on the north side.
The other option is crossing six lanes to get to a sidewalk on the south side of Immokalee Road.
It's another option that Avola thinks can be just as treacherous, "You've got people turning from all directions, people that maybe aren't familiar with the area. They're just taking their shot wherever they think they can make the turn."
So far, the county has come up with two options. The first will look just like the sidewalk on the south side of the road, and will run right next to Immokalee Road. The cost is over $2.82 million.
The other, less expensive option will have the sidewalk on the other side of the canals that are next to Immokalee Road. Proposed bridges will allow walkers and bikers to cross under the interstate, but stay further away from the road for most of the mile distance. The better option according to the NPC.
The public can have it's say on which option they like better, even suggest improvements to the options available, at a meeting September 6th at Hodges University in North Naples, starting at 6 p.m. However, it will be over a another year before they break ground.