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Immokalee getting more friendly to pedestrians!

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IMMOKALEE — Immokalee has the highest pedestrian and bicycle crash rate in Collier County. But that reign soon may come to an end, officials hope.

The heavy pedestrian and bicycle farm-working community soon will have two more crosswalks and several pedestrian signs.

Currently, there are only two crosswalks on Main Street from First to Ninth streets.

Two crosswalks will be installed east of Fifth Street North and another between Sixth and Seventh streets with pavement markings and yield pedestrian symbol signs, said Debbie Tower, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation.

“That’s good news,” said Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta, whose district includes Immokalee. “It’s still far short of what it should be.”

Regarding the lack of adequate crosswalks on State Road 29, Coletta said the pedestrian town should have crosswalks at every intersection.

In addition, DOT will install pedestrian warning signs along 1.4 miles of State Road 29, just before Ninth Street and 12th Street to alert vehicles of the crosswalks.

“These are important projects in the community,” Tower said. “We are very pleased to bring these kinds of improvements in the Immokalee community.”

The date of installation is unknown, Tower said.

DOT is working with Collier County’s landscaping staff.

Designs for the pedestrian crossings are being finalized and will be completed within the next couple of weeks, Tower said.

Currently, a consultant for DOT is conducting a site study of the area between Second and Third streets to determine if DOT could add one more crossing, Tower said.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office reported three bicycle traffic accidents in Immokalee in 2006 and 15 there in 2007.

According to the Collier Sheriff’s Office, there were 35 traffic crashes reported in 2006, including vehicle, bike and pedestrians on Main Street and 21 traffic crashes on Main Street the following year.

Bicycle accident statistics for 2008 and 2009 weren’t available because of a severe backlog in data entry, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.


Immokalee getting more friendly to pedestrians!