Lee County highway projects being fast-tracked due to reduced traffic

Reporter: Nicole Lauren
Cape Coral neighborhood fed up with living in the middle of a construction zone (WINK News)

With many people now staying at home during this coronavirus outbreak—traffic on Southwest Florida roads is cut in half.

Lee County Commissioner, Brian Hamman says typically this time of year they try to avoid road work—but with so few cars out on the road, they may reconsider.

“This is a good time to start looking at what projects we could potentially speed up but just understand though that it’s really hard to get a whole project going. So they would have to be projects that are ready to build that we were going to start in a couple of weeks anyway,” said Hamman.

To put this in perspective—Del Prado and Cape Parkway have seen close to a 50 percent reduction in traffic compared to this time last year.

Same with other major roads like Colonial and Ortiz, as well as Bonita Beach Road and US 41.

Lee County traffic operations say right now it’s slower than even off-season months. That’s why they’re altering signal times to accommodate the changes.

The one guaranteed project in our area being sped up is along Collier Boulevard. This is one of many projects the governor is pushing forward.

It includes being paved, widened, and signal upgrades along the stretch of road.

This project is being sped up by 4 weeks.


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