Road work begins on Colonial Blvd., Summerlin Rd. intersection

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Drivers getting off the Midpoint Bridge know traffic on Colonial Boulevard at Summerlin Road can be a nightmare, especially during rush hour.

Starting September 21, theĀ Department of Transportation (DOT) will work to alleviate some of the congestion at the intersection and business owners say it’s long overdue.

“I mean it’s unbelievable, the traffic. It’s really bad for the help coming in. They have to leave at least a half hour earlier to get here,” said Louis Fine, owner of Philly Junction Restaurant.

Philly Junction is right next to the intersection of Colonial and Summerlin. Fine says it will helpĀ businessĀ because moreĀ people would beĀ coming in from Cape Coral, not worried about dodging traffic.

Because Midpoint Bridge doesn’t have an exit for McGregor Boulevard, cars line up at the intersection to make a U-turn, backing up eastbound traffic. Now work will begin to extend the length of that turn lane. DOT officials say once construction is finished, more drivers will safely be able to line up for that U-turn.

Construction involving lane closures will be at night between 7Ā p.m.Ā and 5Ā a.m.Ā for the next three to four weeks. The project overall is expected to last eight weeks.

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