This project Includes design and construction of 20 Miles of concrete sidewalks, a bike boulevard network, a shared-use path, street lighting, bus shelters, a new transit center, landscaping, drainage improvements, and intersection and traffic calming retreats.
On December 14, 2021, the Board of County Commissioner (BCC) accepted the selection committee ranking and authorized staff to negotiate an agreement with the top ranked firm, Quality Enterprises USA, Inc. for the design build of the Immokalee Area Improvements – TIGER Grant project solicited under RFP #20-7811.
On December 15, 2021, staff negotiated and reach a proposed agreement with Quality Enterprises for a contract in the amount of $22,869,280 to provide all professional services and construction of the project.
At the February 8, 2022, Board of County Commissioners Meeting RFP #20-7811, “Immokalee Area Improvements” TIGER Grant was awarded to Quality Enterprises USA, Inc., for a total not to exceed amount of $22,869,280, for Project #33563. The design portion of this project started in 2022, construction started in Area 1 in March 2023 and construction is set to be completed 2024.
At the April 12, 2022, BCC Meeting, the request for Professional Services No. 21-7877 “Construction, Engineering & Inspection (CEI) was awarded to Kisinger Campo & Associates for the project.
Design Build funding sources: FHWA grand funds ($13,132,691) & County match funds ($9,736,589) = $22,869,280.
Below is a brief update on each area.
Area 1: The County’s Contractor is continuing construction in Area 1.
Areas 2A & 2B: The design is completed for Area 2A and has begun construction. The 100% plans for Area 2B are being signed and sealed to finalize the plans.
Areas 3A, 3B & 3C: The Contractor completed sidewalks in Area 3A, which is the concrete sidewalk abutting Immokalee High School. The Contractor finalized 100% plans for Area 3B and 100% plans for Area 3C have been reviewed by the County and anticipate finalizing plans by the end of September 2023.
Area 4: The Contractor is preparing 90% plans for Areas 4A, 4B, 4C & 4D.
Area 5: The Contractor is coordinating with SFWMD concerning the General Permit application.
Bus Transfer Station: The Contractor has received all the building permits for the bus transfer station and has started construction.
Continuous Street Lighting: The Contractor will be coordinating with Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) to procure the materials and begin construction of the continuous street lighting associated with the project. Procuring the materials may take a few months.
Staff is drafting an Agreement whereby the Immokalee MSTU agrees to the payment of electrical utility expenses for the 406 light poles installed as part of the TIGER Grant Project from the Immokalee Beautification Municipal Service Taxing Unit and/or the Unincorporated County Area Municipal Service Taxing Unit. Existing light poles will be funded by the Collier County Lighting District. The MSTU payment is for the annual utility expenses only (no maintenance expenses to the street light poles), estimated to be $100,000 annually for the 406 newly installed TIGER Project light poles. Johnson Engineering is preparing a map of light pole locations that identify the ownership entity (LCEC, County or MSTU) of existing poles in Immokalee and for the location of the TIGER Grant project light poles to finalize an Executive Summary and identify the MSTU funding source paying for the annual utility expense for the Agreement.