Changes on the way for I-75, Colonial Blvd. interchange

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation is developing plans to relieve traffic congestion on a major interchange on Interstate-75.

The state said Wednesday that it will now turn its attention to Colonial Boulevard.

“What we need to look at now with the interstates is the interchanges,” a FDOT spokesperson said. “Certainly the worst functioning one is Colonial and that’s the one we’re going to do first.”

“Anyone who’s driven through there knows it’s a very busy and congested intersection,” said Zachary Burch, Government Affairs & Communications Manager with FDOT. “You’re going to have traffic getting to Six Mile and Forum quicker so we need to make improvements there so they can handle the increased traffic as well.”

The state’s proposed solution is a $40 million diverging diamond interchange. Fort Myers and Lee County officials will offer feedback on the plans. FDOT said it hopes to begin construction on the interchange soon.

“It’s really going to make a big difference for commuters, especially coming from Lehigh into Ft. Myers and vice versa,” Burch said.

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