CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A controversial road construction project is dead, for now.
The Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization decided Friday not to move forward with the Colonial flyover project for at least the next 15 years.
The proposed road was supposed to serve as an expressway between Cape Coral and I-75.
Now it's back to the drawing board for the Lee Department of Transportation to find an at grade solution to get more traffic from the Cape to the interstate.
The project would have cost about $400 million and it would have spanned from Fowler Street to the Forum, East of Interstate 75 over Colonial Blvd.
Business owners fought against the road, afraid it would let drivers go right past their stores without having to stop.
Some were even wearing stickers at the MPO meeting that read "overpasses equal economic suicide."
The majority of the board decided to vote to remove the flyover from the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan, but that doesn't mean there won't be interchange improvements.
Turn lanes, round-abouts, and street lights may still be added to help traffic flow.
The board's action effectively shot down all flyover projects included in the long-term plan, including the one proposed at Santa Barbara Blvd. and Veterans Memorial Parkway.
The board also voted against the extension of C.R. 951 between Lee and Collier counties.