Published: Sep 17, 2010 8:10 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 17, 2010 4:33 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Business interests fight road builders in Lee County, and win. That's the gist of the latest development in the battle over an elevated expressway on a stretch of Colonial Blvd. in Ft. Myers. The stretch goes from Forum Drive, west to the Caloosahatchee river.

"I must say I felt a small leap of joy," said Pamela Templeton, a leader of the business interests that have opposed the expressway and fly-over concept for months. "But I know that it is not over, because we are dealing with politicians. And I will not rest until there is a fundamental shift in planning, to move to the 21st century, and move away from just building more roads to solve every traffic problem."

The Lee Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to kill any future planning for any kind of elevated roadway on that stretch of Colonial. Lee Commissioner John Manning made the motion. "I could see there was no political support for this idea.  That's why I made the motion," Manning said. Only Lee Commissioner Ray Judah voted to continue planning for an elevated expressway.