In the Know: When is Oil Well Road speed limit going to be raised?

TIM ATEN
Construction under way in December on Oil Well Road, a major east-west route in northern Golden Gate Estates. Scott McIntyre/Staff

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Construction under way in December on Oil Well Road, a major east-west route in northern Golden Gate Estates. Scott McIntyre/Staff

Q: Now that Oil Well Road is complete between Immokalee Road and Everglades Boulevard, when is DOT going to raise the speed limit back to 45 mph?

— Jeffrey Hoffman, Naples

A: That section of Oil Well Road reopened earlier this month and is now 45 mph, and the four-lane, four-mile segment of Oil Well Road from Oil Well Grade Road to Ave Maria Boulevard opened to traffic last week.

Even so, work on the integral east-west route in northern Golden Gate Estates still has weeks left to finish, and weeks before other speed limits will change along the road, according to the Collier County Growth Management Division.

"We expect final completion to occur in the next four to six weeks after all punch-list items are done and the county has accepted the roadway as completed per the contract with the contractor," said Connie Deane, a spokeswoman for Growth Management.

New speed limits will be posted when work is done on the county road.

"At that point, the speed limits will be 45 mph in the section from Immokalee Road to Everglades Boulevard, where three schools and a few subdivisions are located; 55 mph in the middle segment, which is mainly agricultural area; and 50 mph in the segment from Oil Well Grade Road to Ave Maria Boulevard," Deane said.

The project to widen from two to four lanes the three-mile segment of Oil Well Road between Immokalee Road and Everglades Boulevard is only the first phase of road work that began in February 2010 to address traffic demand from significant growth in that area. Oil Well Road also was expanded from two lanes to six between Oil Well Grade Road to just east of Ave Maria Boulevard.

The current safety improvement project, which began last December, is tackling the three-mile stretch that connects the two Oil Well Road sections detailed above. Work is under way to widen the two travel lanes from Everglades Boulevard to Oil Well Grade Road by 2 feet and add 3-foot paved shoulders on the north side and 5-foot paved shoulders on the south side of the road. This segment will get a final layer of asphalt in the next two weeks.

Additional improvements besides the roadwork include sidewalks, streetlights and new traffic signals. In the western portion from Immokalee Road to Everglades Boulevard, sidewalks were constructed on both sides of the roadway and in the segment from Oil Well Road to Ave Maria Boulevard, while a 12-foot multi-use pathway was constructed on the north side of the roadway. In addition, streetlights were added for two miles from Immokalee Road to the Golden Gate main canal, the county reports.

Crews also have installed a new water main and a new force main sewer extending along 1.5 miles of Oil Well Road from Immokalee Road. A new traffic signal was added on Immokalee Road at Orange Tree Boulevard and the traffic signals on Oil Well Road at Everglades Boulevard as well as the signals at Corkscrew Elementary and Middle schools and at Palmetto Ridge High School were upgraded. Other improvements included the replacement of existing bridge structures, intersection and access management upgrades, and drainage and stormwater management facility improvements.

The about $39 million county project that included the segments from Immokalee Road to just east of Everglades Boulevard and the segment from Oil Well Grade Road to Ave Maria Boulevard was awarded to Mitchell & Stark Construction Co. Inc. It is scheduled to be completed on time and within budget. A $6 million Transportation Regional Incentive Program grant from the state, helped to fund the project, the county reports.

The road safety improvement project from Everglades Boulevard to Oil Well Grade Road was awarded to APAC for $1.7 million.

"Further construction work to add additional travel lanes to the middle segment from Everglades Boulevard to Oil Well Grade Road and the remainder of the western section from east of Ave Maria Boulevard to east of Camp Keais Road will be placed in the construction work program as funding availability permits," according to a news release Friday from the Growth Management Division.

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School supplies donations

Q: I am a grandmother whose grandchildren are grown. I have a shopping bag of slightly used treasures – crayons, colored pencils, good quality coloring books (one of famous art works), stencils, playing cards, blank paper, etc. I could drop this off at one of the large charities, but there must be a low-budget, no-budget small group whose children could use these things.

— J.M., North Naples

A: Many families with school-age children are struggling to make ends meet and would appreciate your donation. Because school is starting again soon, your gift of paper, pencils and other supplies would be timely and welcomed by parents who are expected to send their kids to school with these learning tools. In fact, crayons are on the local wish list.

The Collier County Library's annual drive for school supplies ends this week, so drop off your items in the receptacles provided at any local library branch today or Tuesday.

This is the third year the libraries have sought donations to benefit children attending Collier County schools. The library staff collects the supplies and delivers them to the school system for distribution to children in the community.

This year, 1-inch three-ring binders, pocket folders, and loose-leaf lined and holed paper are most needed, the public library system reports. Other items needed include eight-count boxes of crayons, No. 2 pencils, glue sticks and large pink erasers. The library website, www.colliergov.net/library, has a link named "School Supply Drive" with a complete list of needed items.

Also, Fifth Third Bank has partnered with The Education Foundation of Collier County to collect school supplies for the bank's fourth annual "Back to School" supply drive. Donations will be accepted at all Fifth Third financial centers in Collier County today through Wednesday. The bank will provide backpacks to donate with the supplies. To find the nearest Fifth Third Bank branch, go to www.53.com.

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Comments » 11

npz530 writes:

It would have been nice if that sidewalk was put in North and South of this massive intersection where the new construction took place (AS PER THE ORIGINAL PLANS). I'm sure the new sidewalk that goes all the way from G's store to Ave Maria will be used a lot. What a crock.

BillyBob1 writes:

Nothing like building a Urban rod in a Rural area. Curb an gutter roads have no busness in the middle of the Everglades. We tax payers have been milked enough already. What "significant growth" are they talking about? Did I miss something?

swfl_ff writes:

"Further construction work to add additional travel lanes to the middle segment from Everglades Boulevard to Oil Well Grade Road and the remainder of the western section from east of Ave Maria Boulevard to east of Camp Keais Road will be placed in the construction work program as funding availability permits," according to a news release Friday from the Growth Management Division."

I love how the county still insists that construction of the middle section of this road will be put into the work program as funding becomes available. Yea, sure. When are they going to be honest and just come out and say the reason the center section is not being widen at this time is because that section is included in the new Collier Enterprises community of "Big Cypress".

A little honesty would go a long way.

http://www.collierenterprises.com/upl...

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

Big Cypress is off the books.
All paperwork pulled.
Not gonna happen.
Now what?

ringmaker writes:

the speed limit from immokalee rd to everglades blvd has been raised to 45 mph for at least 5 weeks or so, kinda late on this one. i want to know when immokalee rd will be raised to 55, or even 951 raised to 55? if you can go 50 in naples park,55 on 41 in front of pelican bay, then 45 all the way down to the mall, why cant these two wide open six lane roads going to be raised to what they should be and not have the people have to worry about the next speed trap, we are just keeping up with the deputies that go flying by you if YOU are doing the speed limit!
Kinda ironic that when immokalee goes down to two lanes, the speed goes UP to 55.Even on 41 east, when you get past 951, the speed limit goes UP to 60! Anyone want to start a petition to the DOT?

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

in response to ringmaker:

the speed limit from immokalee rd to everglades blvd has been raised to 45 mph for at least 5 weeks or so, kinda late on this one. i want to know when immokalee rd will be raised to 55, or even 951 raised to 55? if you can go 50 in naples park,55 on 41 in front of pelican bay, then 45 all the way down to the mall, why cant these two wide open six lane roads going to be raised to what they should be and not have the people have to worry about the next speed trap, we are just keeping up with the deputies that go flying by you if YOU are doing the speed limit!
Kinda ironic that when immokalee goes down to two lanes, the speed goes UP to 55.Even on 41 east, when you get past 951, the speed limit goes UP to 60! Anyone want to start a petition to the DOT?

Donna Fiala made the motion to slow 951 down and raise Pine ridge Rd. Out of touch? Yup!

dwyerj1 writes:

A whole lot depends upon the cops assigned to patrol the area. If they're old troopers who've been here a while, they likely have traveled these routes themselves in their youths at speeds exceeding 100 mph. If they're new Iraqi vets, they're likely to be book-bound enforcement officers who abide by the letter of the law. These new improvements to our mode of motoring must have both the good and the bad. Curbs and sewers and stuff used to logically limit the speed are permanent. But the limits aren't. Who doesn't "speed"?

May the old guys win.

lemonjello writes:

in response to ISPEAKFORGOD:

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You are hammering someone on spelling? That is a good one. LOL

ex151b#232440 writes:

in response to swfl_ff:

"Further construction work to add additional travel lanes to the middle segment from Everglades Boulevard to Oil Well Grade Road and the remainder of the western section from east of Ave Maria Boulevard to east of Camp Keais Road will be placed in the construction work program as funding availability permits," according to a news release Friday from the Growth Management Division."

I love how the county still insists that construction of the middle section of this road will be put into the work program as funding becomes available. Yea, sure. When are they going to be honest and just come out and say the reason the center section is not being widen at this time is because that section is included in the new Collier Enterprises community of "Big Cypress".

A little honesty would go a long way.

http://www.collierenterprises.com/upl...

I would also like to know why this was done just for a few people in Ave Maria. Immokalee Road would have been much better! Someone dies on this road every month - hope you are happy Coletta.

HAP writes:

This is all just TMI, about nothing. He asked about the speed limit, not an essay.

So you want the speed limit,to be raised so you can go 10 or 20 mph over that speed limit? Speed limits don't mean anything to this town. It's like a deathwish. Same for the poor wildlife and animals these idiots are running over.

volochine writes:

I'm sorry, but why would anyone save used crayons for 20 years and then offer to donate the used ones? The smart thing to do is to give them to another family member.

I remember the brilliance of opening a new box of crayons and the smell. But Crayons are so expensive nowadays.

In republican haven of South Florida, someone really needed advice of how to dispose of the family crayons? From the Naples Daily News?

Tim Aten works his butt off. Don't make used crayons another arena for him.

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