The completion of County Utilities work on Vanderbilt Drive has been expanded yet again, according to a recent article in the Naples Daily News.
The residents of Vanderbilt Drive are no strangers to detours and closed off sections of roadway as the county works to complete this years-long project which began October 17, 2016. At its start, the project was expected to last 2 years and would, “replace the water pipes and utilities along Vanderbilt Drive from Vanderbilt Beach Road to 111th Avenue North and in 14 cul-de-sacs.”
Completion issues first arose when asbestos was discovered in pipes on Heron Avenue. Delays continued when private utilities blocked access. Then, as Hurricane Irma hit last September, parts of the streets and sidewalks were washed away, requiring time to rebuild. As you may have imagined, these issues are now expected to increase the expected cost to $17.8 million, placing it $500,000 over the proposed costs.
When the project is complete 500 area homes will utilize the updated water pipes and utility lines, a much-needed update to the outdated utilities currently running though Vanderbilt Drive.