Three projects planned to improve traffic on Colonial Blvd

Reporter: Gina Tomlinson

Traffic and safety concerns are at the top of the list for us in Lee County. During a town hall meeting, people asked city leaders what they’re doing about it.

Three future projects are in the works to improve traffic on Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass led the meeting at a local church on Colonial Blvd. People wanted to know about the plan to fix the traffic mess on Colonial Blvd. This includes adding traffic signals, crosswalks and U-turns. Ultimately, it will redesign the Colonial and I-75 interchange.

Pendergrass said the roads have to keep up with the sky-rocketing growth of Lee County’s population.

“It’s just going to help the whole grid,” Pendergrass said. “This whole transportation grid in eastern and south Lee County with all these new grids, all these new roads. We’re going to be really busy in Lee County for the next four years with all the new roads and new intersections to improve safety.”

The improvement will not come quickly. Officials said projects will start around December of 2020, and the project will take about two and a half years to complete.

Another big topic mentioned at the meeting was the future of the TopGolf location that is breaking ground next year.

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