Michael G. Rippe Parkway

SR 739 Metro Parkway Extension
(Michael G. Rippe Parkway)

FDOT District One
Lee County, Florida

Johnson Engineering provided the design for State Road (S.R.) 739 in south Fort Myers, Florida. This six-lane divided highway extending Metro Parkway at Gladiolus Drive, south to Alico Road and U.S. 41.

This project was one of our most complex Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) assignments to date. The S.R. 739roadway was a politically and environmentally sensitive issue, as it was the last planned crossing of Six Mile Cypress Slough. It was a significant design challenge due to the southerly connection to two other major roadways, U.S. 41 and Alico Road, an I-75 connector, all in close proximity.

The project also included additional water quality standards, a bridge over an existing railroad and the filling of existing borrow pits, as well as the design of two animal crossings. The crossings were part of a final mitigation plan we developed, which included a joint agreement worked out between the FDOT, the county and agencies whereby funds will be transferred to the county to remove exotics from Six Mile Cypress Slough. This plan saved the FDOT more than one million dollars when compared against the cost of paying for mitigation. Our environmental team performed wetland delineations, environmental permitting, mitigation design and compliance.

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