Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Central Avenue between US-41 and Goodlette-Frank Road is currently not very attractive. Will there be any landscaping as part of the project?
Answer: Yes, there will be landscaping as part of the Central Avenue Improvement project. The area will become much more attractive. There will be beautifully landscaped medians. Sidewalks will be bordered with grass, hedges, and numerous palm trees. The improved streetscape will benefit all users of Central Avenue.
Question: When this project is complete, will I be able to ride my bicycle from the Gordon River Greenway to the beach?
Answer: Yes. This project will provide continuous bicycle connectivity from the beach to the Gordon River Greenway by constructing dedicated bicycle lanes to match up with the existing bicycle lanes on Central Avenue, west of 8th Street.
Question: Will the project include any improvements to help prevent flooding during storms similar to the rain event in August of 2014?
Answer: Yes, it will. The project design will include improvements to the stormwater system that will reduce the chances of serious flooding during heavy rainfall events. Also, an additional improvement to the water system will be the installation of a potable water main.
Question: Many of Naples traffic congestion issues arise during the busy winter or “peak season” months. What is the daily traffic volume on Central Avenue during the winter season, and was this considered during the planning of the Central Avenue Improvement Project?
Answer: Yes, all traffic data has been factored in. The City measures traffic volume on Central Avenue and other roads on a quarterly basis. The winter season traffic is measured in March. In March, 2015 the traffic volume on Central Avenue for the average weekday was 8,697 vehicles. From a design perspective, traffic engineers take into account all traffic data for the entire year. These same principles are used by the Florida Department of Transportation to design and build State roads.
Question: How did you factor in the large amount of re-development in the City of Naples and the future overall growth of Collier County as a whole?
Answer: In developing the Central Avenue design, engineers used all available data from developers of future projects such as Naples Square, Mangrove Bay, 1075 Central, Baker Park and the new Design Center on 1st Avenue North. Engineers used the Institute of Transportation Engineers Manual for Trip Generation to determine the amount of traffic trips that would be generated for each development. All of this data was taken into account when projecting the needed capacity of Central Avenue out to the year 2035.
Question: What considerations were made for large trucks that will be traveling on Central Avenue? Does the Central Avenue design accommodate truck travel?
Answer: Large trucks and trailers were included in the data collection of the overall vehicle counts. And engineers will consider large trucks and trailers when designing the geometry of the roadway. The Central Avenue design does accommodate truck travel. In fact, the lanes and the proposed roundabouts will not inhibit trucks or even the City’s largest fire ladder truck. The only exception would be that very large trucks and trailers will not be able to make a 90 degree turn at the roundabouts without crossing into the landscaped portion of the roundabout. But it is important to note that these very large trucks and trailers currently have a difficult time staying off the curb at standard intersections as is.
Question: Have potential safety issues for bicycle and pedestrian traffic been addressed when it comes to Central Avenue being used as a commercial truck route? Would other routes, such as the new 3rd Avenue South be a better option for truck traffic?
Answer: There are a handful of streets where truck travel is prohibited. However, if a truck has a destination on one of the prohibited streets, the truck is allowed on that street to get to its destination. Also, at this time 3rd Avenue South allows truck traffic. Safety is always a top priority. And City staff works hard to follow City Council plans and policies that are aimed at improving safety and convenience for bicyclists and pedestrians. Great examples include the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and the Blue Zones Initiative.
Question: Roundabouts have many advantages when compared to signalized intersections. But some say that roundabouts become less efficient when they are in close proximity to signalized intersections. The proposed roundabouts on Central Avenue are near traffic signals on US-41. Will these roundabouts cause any unnecessary traffic congestion?
Answer: This has been considered very carefully. The design engineers will determine if roundabouts are technically feasible. A final recommendation will be made in the next few weeks.
Question: With so much at stake relating to capacity and traffic volume, why be in such a hurry to get the project started?
Answer: The project has actually been in the planning, budgeting and design phase for over 10 years. The project initially started as the Heart of Naples Plan in 2002. Also, the engineering and design of the Central Avenue Improvement project was approved in May of 2014.