Immokalee's Main Street is getting safer for traffic and pedestrians and new sidewalk projects all over town are quickly making the community a better place to live and work.
And it's all just part of a day's work for the Immokalee Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU), a taxpayer-supported governmental entity under the purview of of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
Managed by a citizen advisory committee separate from the CRA citizen advisory committee and chaired by long-time Immokalee leader Cherryle Thomas, the MSTU not only installs and maintains street lights (holiday decorations soon) and landscaped medians, the MSTU improves traffic in the community and makes streets safer.
Main Street Traffic Improvements
Currently under construction, the Main Street Improvements Project will complete reconstruction of intersection curbing along the community's main thoroughfare, from 1st Street to 9th Street, and will improve sight lines and create a safer corridor. The focus of the project will includes the reconstruction of the curbing and landscaped curb extensions (landscaped bump outs) at the intersections to provide better visibility for both cars and people along the heavily travelled route.
When completed the landscape modifications proposed will provide an enhanced aesthetic character for Immokalee’s Main Street and improve both vehicular and pedestrian traffic circulation in the Downtown area.
Ninth Street North sidewalk project
A gap has existed for years in the existing sidewalk system along the north side of North 9th Street.
The Immokalee MSTU will fund the necessary permitting, construction plans and construction costs to replace this sidewalk segment and remediate the existing gap in the sidewalk system. The MSTU has begun taking the necessary steps towards the infill of this sidewalk gap and anticipates a speedy repair of the existing situation.
Carson Road sidewalks
Construction of almost a mile of sidewalk along the west side of Carson Road, from Westclox Street south to Lake Trafford Road, the sidewalk will be 5 feet wide and constructed of finished concrete. When completed, this sidewalk segment will provide a safe and accessible pedestrian route from the existing residential communities of the Westclox area to the central business district of Immokalee, as well as providing a safe route for residents and students to the Lake Trafford Elementary School and sidewalk infill for a safe pedestrian route to Immokalee High School.
Main Street Holiday Decorations
Once again, Immokalee's Main Street will be adorned with bright, shiny angels for the holiday season. Some angels will be lighted and others will shine only during the day.
As they did last year, the holiday angels will be up in time for Immokalee's now famous "Christmas Around the World" celebration.