Ortiz Avenue Road Widening

At a Glance:

Location: Lee County, Florida

Date: 2013

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: clean air, nutrition, belonging and civic muscle, active transportation, traffic safety, clean water, physical activity, active transportation

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, People Living in Poverty

Research Methods: Literature review, Qualitative research

Community Types: urban, suburban

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Researchers from Florida Gulf Coast University, in partnership with the Tice Historic Community Planning Panel, completed a rapid HIA of a road-widening project in a primarily low-income minority community in Lee County, Florida. In 2010 Lee County Department of Transportation completed the design plans for Ortiz Avenue. These design plans identified a four-lane, divided road with a speed limit of 45 MPH. Currently, the SR 80 section is a two-lane road with a speed limit of 35 MPH. Project construction was delayed due to funding concerns, providing the opportunity for an HIA to examine the potential health impacts related to the roadway expansion.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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