More money going to fix Lehigh Acres roads

It could soon be easier to drive on Lehigh Acres roads.

Lee County is spending $5 million taxpayer dollars this year to fix roads in Lehigh Acres — a major jump from the $1 million in years past, and a relief for many drivers.

“There’s just breaks in the roads that can cause who knows what,” driver Brandon Orr said.

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Angel Valelio has lived in Lehigh Acres for several years and said he’s never seen the roads in mint condition.

“They keep repairing the patches and holes in the roads,” he said. “They’ll fill the holes instead of fixing the whole street. They just patch the holes and a few months later it’s still the same hole come back again.”

But the county on Tuesday approved funding for the second half of a repaving project that is set to improve at least 75 residential streets.

“I haven’t seen it spent yet, but of course if they use it, do it and use the money, it will be great,” Valelio said.

Roads are ranked and selected for improvement each year on a the basis of need, after requests from the community. The ranking takes into account road conditions and how many people travel on them.

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