SUN Trail Project Information
Construction Phase I: Work Started on May 17, 2021; Anticipated Completion – Winter 2022
Construction Phase II: Anticipated Start – FY 2025
The lead design firm, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), submitted final design plans in early 2019. Construction of Phase I began in May 2021. Phase I construction (3.5 miles of trail) is anticipated to last about 18 months. Phase II construction will likely begin in 2025.
Phase I Construction Schedule – Summer 2021
- Van Buren Parkway: Visible construction activities will include clearing the existing right of way, the installation of silt fences and erosion control measures, the demolition and reconstruction of driveways, the installation of new storm drainage and the demolition of existing storm drainage.
- El Dorado Boulevard: Construction activities are not anticipated on El Dorado Boulevard during Summer 2021.
- Kismet Parkway: Activities on Kismet Parkway will be focused between El Dorado Boulevard and Chiquita Boulevard. Visible construction activities will include clearing the existing right of way, widening the road and installing guardrail. At least one lane will remain open to traffic during roadway widening.
A Construction Phase 1 Open House was held on May 12, 2021.
Open House Presentation Link: (link) SUN Trail Phase I_Open House Presentation_Video.mp4
What is the SUN Trail?
The Florida SUN (Shared-Use Nonmotorized) Trail is a statewide system of paved trail corridors for bicyclists and pedestrians.
SUN Trail projects increase the reliability of Florida’s transportation system.
The Cape Coral SUN Trail
In 2017 the City of Cape Coral received a $1.8 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to design and engineer a SUN Trail segment along Kismet Parkway. The segment will run from Del Prado Boulevard to El Dorado Boulevard, connecting with Van Buren Parkway and the Burnt Store Trail. The total project length is approximately 6.5 miles. Construction of the project will be broken into two phases.
What will the Cape Coral SUN Trail look like?
The project will create a pedestrian and bicyclist connector between the Kismet Parkway sidewalks and the Burnt Store Trail.
The trail will be 12 feet wide with at least two feet of clear zone on either side.
The trail will fall entirely within the City-owned Right of Way.
What construction impacts should residents anticipate?
Although the Cape Coral SUN Trail will be constructed within City-owned Right of Way, movement and staging of construction equipment may require entry onto privately-owned property. All affected property owners have been asked to submit a Right of Entry agreement to the City.
Traffic lane closures may also be required during construction; at least one lane will remain open for traffic at all times.