The Design Project Management Section of the Transportation Engineering Division is responsible for the delivery of the County’s Transportation Capital Improvement Work Program. These projects include major rehabilitation or construction of roadways and bridges that are funded through gas tax dollars, grants and/or impact fees. The Design Project Management Section manages the design of these improvement projects through contracts with outside consulting firms.
The need for a capital improvement and its funding is identified by the Board of County Commissioners in the “Annual Update and Inventory Report/Capital Improvement Element Schedule.” By Board action, each improvement goes through a planning, design and construction phase. The project managers in the Design Project Management Section are responsible for the design phases of the improvements.
The vision of the Design Project Management Section is to provide infrastructure improvements that will satisfy the needs of the stakeholders in Collier County. The mission is to deliver these capital improvements on time and within budget. In order to accomplish this mission, this section is committed to both the theory and practice of engineering; adherence to current design standards and principles; preservation and protection of the natural resources; enhancement of the health, safety and welfare of the public; treating all customers with fairness, dignity and the utmost respect; and managing public funds so that the finished product for each project is high quality and the best possible value for the money.
During the construction of improvements to the county’s roadways, intersections and bridges, the Road Construction / Construction Engineering Inspection (CEI) team is in place to confirm that construction work is done in conformance with applicable permits, design plans and specifications.
CEI team members are experienced professionals with construction backgrounds who oversee road construction projects. They are also responsible for administering road construction contracts. The administration of a construction contract includes:
- reviewing a contractor’s pay requests to affirm that work items presented for payment truly represent the work completed;
- issuing work directive changes, which enable a contractor to proceed with work when unanticipated issues force amendments to the contract documents; and
- issuing change orders, which are instruments by which the contract documents are amended for such items as changes in the scope of work and time extensions.
Added attention must be given by CEI staff to stringent requirements for administration of projects that receive state or federal funding through grants or other agreements. It is the staff’s responsibility to be thoroughly knowledgeable on the protocol of the governmental agency and the required documentation needed for each project.
Vanderbilt Beach Road Extension - Collier Blvd. to 16th St. NE
(Project Manager: Mario Puente, P.E.)
The Vanderbilt Beach Road Extension (Collier Boulevard to 16th Street NE) is an approximate 7-mile extension of the existing roadway. This project is in the 5-year Work Program and was in design development until the onset of the economic recession of 2008. The project had reached the 60% design completion phase and was put on hold as a result of the economic downturn. The design team is working towards a 60% design stage at the moment.
Description of Proposed Improvements:
- Four-lane divided urban roadway to Wilson Blvd.
- Two lanes from Wilson Blvd to 16th Str. NE
- Minor improvements to existing intersecting streets including Weber Boulevard, Massey Street and Douglas Street.
- New roadway intersections at Wilson Boulevard, 8th Street N.E. and 16th Street N.E.
- A new traffic signal at the Vanderbilt Beach Road/Wilson Boulevard intersection.
- Canal relocation to south of the roadway from 29th Street N.W. to 15th Street N.W.
Final alignment of Vanderbilt Beach Road from Collier Blvd. to 16th St. NE approved by the Board of County Commissioners on October 22, 2019:
Interim build-out (zoom in to see details):
Future build-out (zoom in to see details):
In addition to the above exhibits, a presentation was prepared for the Board of County Commissioners (it includes the currently projected schedule). Once the 60% roadway design is completed, right-of-way acquisition activities will most likely start in late spring of 2020.
Exhibits presented at the Public Information Meeting on May 22,2019:
- Draft concept as of May 2019 for the Vanderbilt Beach Road extension (please zoom in to see details)
- Area Map
- Roadway Sections
For comments or questions please email TECM@colliercountyfl.gov .
Eleven Bridge Replacement Project - East of Immokalee/SR 29
(Project Manager: Bee Thao, P.E.)
On August 28, 2017, the engineering firm of HNTB Corporation began designing replacements for eleven bridges east of Immokalee and State Road 29 on Immokalee Road, County Line Road and Oil Well Road. The existing timber foundation bridges have had repairs made to them over the years, but they were built in 1948, 1951 or 1953 and are now in need of replacement.
A Public Information Meeting was held on July 24, 2019 to present the project details at the 60% design stage. Handouts were available in English and Spanish. The following boards were exhibited at the meeting:
Palm River Canal Bridge Replacement Project
(Project Manager: Mario Puente, P.E., CGC)
Existing Bridge 034046 was built in 1960. Approximately one-half of the timber piles are in a critical state and the remaining piles are expected to reach a critical state in the near future due to accelerating decay. The Board of County Commissioners approved a contract in the amount of $560,680 with CH2M Hill, now Jacobs Engineering, for engineering design and related services necessary to develop construction plans and related documents for the replacement of the bridge. Construction of the project is planned for fiscal year 2020 through 2021. The overall project construction schedule is anticipated to be 12 to 14 months. The design as well as the project details and detour map were presented at a Public Information Meeting on January 15, 2019.
Goodland Drive Improvements
(Project Manager: Mario Puente, P.E.)
Effective June 20, 2017, Collier County retook possession of Goodland Drive / CR 92A from the City of Marco Island. Due to its low elevation, the existing roadway is frequently flooded during peak tides and storms, cutting off access to Goodland and causing severe damage to the pavement. Raising the road will provide a safe and reliable route to and from Goodland, and with the addition of several cross-drain pipes, will also allow tidal and storm flows to more easily pass from one side of the road to the other.
The County completed the solicitation for a design consultant and design of the project began in September of 2018.
Golden Gate Boulevard - Design Build - Phase 2
(Project Manager: John Conti)
Considered a primary east-west traffic way in Golden Gate Estates, Golden Gate Blvd. serves one of the largest platted subdivisions in southwest Florida.
The scope of the project includes widening the roadway from two to four lanes from west of 20th Street to east of Everglades Boulevard, construction of a bridge over the Miller Canal and drainage improvements all the way to the Faka Union Canal. Clearing, grubbing and erosion control began on October 1, 2018.
Find here the flyer distributed for the Public Information Meeting on 9/27/2018.
Immokalee Road at Bellaire Bay Drive and Woodcrest Drive
(Project Manager: John Conti)
On June 28, 2020 construction starts on Immokalee Road at Bellaire Bay Drive. The median is changed to directionalize traffic, drivers cannot make a left turn out of Bellaire Bay Drive anymore.
This project will be followed by the installation of a new traffic signal on Immokalee Road at Woodcrest Drive. Utility work will start the last week of July 2020 (to accommodate the new mast arms) and the work on the signals will follow in September 2020 and should be completed in December 2020.