The Hendry County Board authorized staff Jan. 9 to send its 2018 request letter to the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) listing the county’s priority road projects in the order it wants them to be financed and done by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Public Works Director Shane Parker presented the letter to comissioners, which lays out his recommended improvement projects using money available from various FDOT funds. The HRTPO will rank the projects and submit them to the state agency.
The projects listed for financing from the FDOT’s Capital Improvement Program for highway capacity are construction of State Road 29 from Spencer Lane to just north of Cowboy Way and design of SR 29 from County Road 832 to Spencer Lane.
From the County Incentive Grant Program, Hendry recommends further work on the extension of Helms Road between SR 29 and SR 80 to alleviate traffic from about 5.5 miles of state highway within the City of LaBelle by creating a bypass around the downtown. Work is underway and expected to be completed in September, but intersection improvements at Forrey Drive and Helms Road will be needed to finish the bypass, so the county is asking for $300,000 to finance design and permitting; right-of-way and construction funding will be sought later.
Under the Small County Outreach Program, money is sought for:
• A 2.1-mile and another 1-mile stretch of CR 835 from south of U.S. 27 to CR 833; widening, resurfacing and drainage improvements;
• Lengths of about 1.5 and 1.8 miles, respectively, of CR 78 from west of Hidden Hammock Drive to Kirby Thompson Road and CR 78 from the Lee County line to just west of Hidden Hammock; resurfacing, shoulder paving and drainage work;
• Two stretches of about 1.1 miles each of CR 78 from east of Fort Denaud Bridge Way to Shell Lane and then to North River Road; resurfacing, shoulder paving and drainage work;
• A 1.8-mile length of CR 835 from 9.8 miles south of U.S. 27 to 11.6 miles south of U.S. 27; resurfacing, drainage improvements and shoulder work.
From the Small County Road Assistance Program, Hendry lists:
• Hendry Isles Blvd. from SR 80 to Arcadia Avenue; resurfacing and culvert replacements;
• CR 720 from U.S. 27 to the Glades County line; resurfacing and culvert replacements;
• Pine Cone Avenue from CR 833 to Palm Street; resurfacing, culvert replacements and paved aprons installation.
The county also listed two transportation alternative projects: a sidewalk along Northeast Raintree Blvd. from Cedarwood Pkwy. to East Cowboy Way; and sidewalk replacement along Davidson Road from C 835 to Sonora Avenue.
In other business:
• The board authorized the chairman to execute a change order in the amount of $25, 733.50 to a contract with Central Concrete Products Inc. for sidewalks along CR 78. The change order adds alternate erosion control measures and revises the type/amount of guardrail required where the project meets existing handrail. The project is FDOT-funded, and it has agreed to participate in the change order.
• The board approved a supplemental task authorization for Morris-Depew Associates Inc. to provide professional services for the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code amendments. Morris-Depew was one firm selected in the request for proposals process that commissioners approved in December. Hiring Morris-Depew for this service and support will allow the Planning and Community Development Department to provide faster responses on day-to-day projects; a budget of $60,000 has been OK’d for assistance with planning and zoning projects.