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Transportation Engineering Projects

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Design Project Management

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.

Road Construction / CEI

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: Andrew Miller, P.E.)

The information provided here is conceptual as this project is in the early design stage. The final alignment, when determined, must be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

Exhibits presented at the Public Information Meeting on May 22,2019:

  1. Draft concept as of May 2019 for the Vanderbilt Beach Road extension (please zoom in to see details)
  2. Area Map
  3. Roadway Sections

View here the slideshow presented at the public information meeting on June 26, 2018

View here the slideshow presented at the Board of County Commissioners Meeting on September 25, 2018

For comments or questions please email .


Vanderbilt Beach Road extension shown on map

The Vanderbilt Beach Road Extension (Collier Boulevard to 16th Street NE) is an approximately 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.

Acquisition activities will begin again in the near future, pending initial traffic modeling and public involvement, which will serve to update and validate the original design.

Description of Proposed Improvements:

  • Six-lane divided roadway* potentially with curb and gutter along the median and the outside travel lanes.
  • 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.
  • Potential future connections at 15th Street N.W. and 13th Street N.W.
  • A new traffic signal at the Vanderbilt Beach Road/Wilson Boulevard intersection and possible roundabout intersections at 8th Street N.E. and 16th Street N.E.
  • Canal relocation to south of roadway from 29th Street N.W. to 15th Street N.W.; three new bridges - one that will cross the Curry Canal, one crossing Corkscrew Canal, and one crossing Orange Tree Canal between 8th and 16th Streets N.E.
  • Treatment and attenuation of storm water run-off via pond systems.
  • Optional features such as streetlights, on-road bike lanes, sidewalk, and a 12-foot pathway were presented at the last public information meeting and the feedback received indicated there was a consensus that street lighting should only be provided at intersections. There was support for the on-road bike lanes, sidewalks, and a 12-foot pathway and those features remain in the 60 percent design plans.

*Currently, funding will probably not allow the full build-out of the 6-lane facility. Updated traffic projections to determine immediate needs, and cost estimates to determine budgetary feasibility will be used to produce project phasing scenarios best suited for near term needs.

Eleven Bridge Replacement Project - East of Immokalee/SR 29

(Project Manager: Marlene Messam, P.E.)

Eleven Bridges to be repaired labeled on Immokalee mapOn 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.

When construction actually begins, sometime at the end of 2019, it is probable that road closures will be necessary in some locations and reduction of lanes in others. 

Transportation Engineering staff encourages adjacent property owners, emergency service providers, agricultural and industrial interests, and the general public to contact our office at 252-8192 to discuss the project.







Palm River Canal Bridge Replacement Project

(Project Manager: Mario Puente, P.E., CGC)

Palm River Bridge shown on Google EarthExisting 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: Andrew Miller, P.E.)

Goodland drive shown on Google EarthEffective 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. 



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