Construction plans for new road on campus by 2016
Since its establishment in 1997, Florida Gulf Coast University has experienced a tremendous amount of growth and development, including the construction of new buildings and dormitories. Now FGCU has a new project on its Campus Improvement Plan: the construction of a road going from main campus to South Village.
The construction of this road has been anticipated for at least three years. It will be half of a mile long, and it will be open to the public. The road will go from Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to where the bridge outside of South Village meets the intersection.
Tom Mayo, director of facilities planning, is overseeing the construction of the road. Mayo explains the project is being coordinated with Miromar because it will exit FGCU’s property and enter Miromar’s property for about two-thirds of its length.
According to Mayo, the actual construction of the road will take six to eight months. The university is planning to start the construction by the end of 2015. University administration members hope to have the road finished by fall 2016 at the latest. The total cost of the project is $1 million.
“The road is being permitted by the South Florida Water Management District and the United States Army Corps of Engineers,” Mayo said.
The university has a number of reasons to build this road.
“First and foremost, it will serve as a secondary road if an emergency were to occur,” Mayo said. “SoVi has the highest concentration of students living on our campus and only one exit.”
FGCU is hoping the construction of the road will prevent future traffic congestion. The road will also serve as a pathway to provide utility service, service data and power connectivity.
“The road will also provide accommodations for pedestrians and bike lanes,” Mayo said.