The South Cape Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Cape Coral selected SE 47th Terrace as a key district where funds could be put to good use by improving its roadway and pedestrian paths. These improvements will prepare South Cape for the future growth bringing needed infrastructure updates and a heightened appeal as an entertainment district.
The $13 million Streetscape project will reshape 47th Terrace between Del Prado and Coronado boulevards, one block north of Cape Coral Parkway.
Street-side parking will decrease on 47th Terrace, however the city will be expanding sidewalks and increasing the parking with forty-one new spots; from 1,181 to 1,222.
The SE 47th Terrace Streetscape project broke ground in January 2018.
The city's project team has completed laying all the underground utilities, including installation of sewer, potable water and irrigation. They are also finishing the installation of storm drain systems at the intersection of SE 10th Place, which completes all of the storm drain west of Vincennes. Storm drain installation east of Vincennes will resume soon once the existing water main is abandoned, and the new water main is activated.
Following underground utilities, the city began forming the curbs that are the framework for the roadway, the new paver paths and landscape beds. Electric crews, come next installing control boxes, and outlets in the landscape beds. Irrigation crews follow closely behind, setting up the irrigation systems for the planters.
Construction is complete on Cape Coral's SE 47th Terrace streetscape project, after about a year of roadway blockages and traffic detours in one of the city's business and entertainment hubs.
The project, budgeted in 2017 at roughly $13 million, spanned Coronado Parkway to 15th Avenue and included: widening the sidewalks into 18-foot-wide, promenade-style spaces, the construction of a roundabout at Vincennes Boulevard, the creation of 41 parking spaces, the removal of trees along 47th Terrace, and utility, storm drain and lighting upgrades.
City Manager John Szerlag said the project's pedestrian amenities will make the area more of a destination along what is now "our main street."
A dedication ceremony was held Tuesday evening to mark the grand opening of the Southeast 47th Terrace Streetscape project in Cape Coral.
Local dignitaries gathered to unveil a plaque on the corner of Southeast 47th Terrance and Southeast 10th Place to commemorate the project that Mayor Joe Coviello said hopes to service the area for 30 years or more.
"It was just about a year ago that we were across the street at Club Square, with shovels and a big pile of dirt. And as I look back over that year, and I think back upon what this street was - I remember seeing roots growing through sidewalks, the street looked liked it needed a lot of help and it was in disrepair - and we've brought it to where it is today," said Coviello.