Vanderbilt Beach Road construction to ease traffic begins this fall

Reporter: Lauren Leslie Writer: Paul Dolan
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Construction will begin on a Vanderbilt Beach Road extension this fall in Collier County.

On Thursday, Collier County will hold a public meeting to inform the public of the coming changes. The project will include seven miles of new road construction, costing more than $150 million. The purpose of extending Vanderbilt Beach Road is to cut down congestion in the area, but that won’t be the case for everyone.

Detlev Hummel recently moved to the Estates and talked to WINK News about the upcoming changes.

“We just live off Golden Gate Boulevard, and it’s quite hectic sometimes, trying to get onto Golden Gate heading towards Collier,” Hummel said.

When the dust settles and the pavement dries, Vanderbilt Beach Road will run from Collier Boulevard to 16th Street Northeast.

The area where the road will go is marked by a dotted line the runs right by multiple homes, and Kevin Kimball is one of those homeowners.

“All that will be gone and I’ll see the cars on Vanderbilt Road going up and down the road,” Kimball said. “I’m retired, I’m going to be here and just to hear the ‘beep beep beep beep beep’ all day long is enough to get me out of here.”

On Friday, Kimball put his house on the market and is hopeful it’ll sell soon even though, construction doesn’t begin until fall.

The public meeting begins at 5 p.m. and will be held at the University of Florida IFAS Extension Office located off Immokalee Road.

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