Bonita Beach road-widening project awarded to Fort Myers company

Lee County Commissioners voted Tuesday to award the Bonita Beach road-widening job to Old Castle Contracting of Fort Myers.

The local company’s bid amount of $3.6 million was the lowest of six companies that on the project in May.

The total cost of construction, estimated at $7.5 million, will be split between the county and the City of Bonita Springs, which committed to funding 50 percent of the project.

The road widening will take place between Old 41 Road and Lime Street, a one-mile stretch that will see the addition of two lanes during the widening.

The project is estimated to cost $7.5 million and take about 18 months. The road widening will be a continuation of the six lanes of traffic on Bonita Beach Road between Interstate 75 and Imperial Street.

Additionally, commissioners unanimously approve a grant for $40,000 in State Housing Initiatives Partnership, or SHIP, funds with Partnership-In-Housing Inc. to rehabilitate at least 10 rental-housing units for low income farm worker homes at Pueblo Bonito in Bonita Springs. The project is expected to be complete by September 30. According to the item summary, Pueblo Bonito includes 78 farm worker rental units and was constructed in 1995.

The grant issued by the county will be used to replace windows, doors and install gutters for 10 units.

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