FORT MYERS, Fla.- Beginning in summer 2016, crews will tear up and repave a busy stretch of the McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.
The construction will create a new chapter of traffic delays from Colonial Boulevard, two miles north to Poinciana Avenue. A federal highway grant is paying $6 million for the work, and the City of Fort Myers says the new road surface is needed.
“The pavement is failing,” said Fort Myers Interim Public Works Director Richard Moulton.
The new project comes shortly after a major utilities project has also increased delays along the road.
“I can’t even comprehend right now all the different roads I’m gonna have to go. You won’t even be able to drive up there at all,” said Lisa Becker, who drives the boulevard every day and dreads another road project.
“It may be inconvenience, but they have to do it if you want the service from all of these projects that they are doing,” said Mari Patrizi.
The city acknowledges the project will stretch through next year’s tourist season.
“I’d say, bear with us,” said Moulton, “it will be worth the wait when it’s done.”
Fort Myers is holding an informational meeting on the McGregor Boulevard repaving on Dec. 3.