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Edgewater Drive Phase II Design
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Edgewater Drive currently extends from the Flamingo Boulevard (western terminus) to Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41, eastern terminus) approximately six (6) miles. The proposed Edgewater Drive Design, Phase II project would extend eastward from Midway Boulevard to Harbor Boulevard; a distance of approximately two (2) miles.


Edgewater Drive is an important part of the Charlotte County roadway system providing access for local residents to U.S. 41 and to countywide residents. In addition to its importance as a part of the County roadway system, Edgewater Drive serves as a key hurricane evacuation route. As one of the fastest growing counties in the state, traffic volumes in Charlotte County are expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades. The improvements to Edgewater Drive will provide valuable and needed additional traffic capacity to meet these future local traffic demands.

 
Edgewater Drive from Gardner Drive to Harbor Boulevard was initially constructed as a 4-lane grassed median roadway in the late 1960ís.  The section from Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) to Gardner Drive was later widened from 2-lanes to 4-lanes.  The current project will extend the improvements westward from Harbor Boulevard to Midway Boulevard.  These improvements will include bridge replacements along Edgewater Boulevard at the Sunrise Waterway, East Spring Lake Waterway, and West Spring Lake Waterway.  The Phase II improvements will be paid for with funds accumulated from the one-cent penny sales tax approved in 2008.  


In October of 2009, The Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners contracted with Southwest Engineering & Design, Inc. (SED) to prepare construction plans for the extension of Edgewater Boulevard from Midway Boulevard to Harbor Boulevard. Preliminary alignments, roadway sections and bridge were presented to the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners for approval in December of 2009. SED has made 60% design submissions to the Charlotte County Community Development Engineering for review on July 31, 2010, and to Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) on September 7, 2010. SED has also submitted 90% Design Plans to Charlotte County Community Development Engineering for review on October 14, 2011


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