Published: Oct 26, 2010 10:53 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 26, 2010 6:57 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - People who live on Crystal Drive near Daniels Parkway are used to traffic. But in the last week, many say it's been near impossible, and dangerous, just to get out of the driveway during peak hours.

Construction on a set of railroad tracks on Daniels Parkway has forced thousands of drivers to find alternate routes.  One route takes them from US 41 to Metro Parkway using Crystal Drive.

"It's very busy," Luis Avila told WINK News.  "I've seen a lot of rear-end hits."

Avila said he now tells his family and friends to pull forward out of the driveway, rather than backing out onto Crystal Drive.

"Every time I hear tires screeching, I think somebody has been hit," he said.

One of Avila's neighbors, who didn't want to speak on camera, said it took her daughter eight minutes just to pull out of the driveway for work one day last week.

"It's busy at 5:00, to 5:30, to 6:00," said Keith McQuiston, another neighbor.  "This is a little more (traffic) than usual."

A spokesperson for Seminole Gulf Railroad said repairs on the tracks were running ahead of schedule, and are likely to be completed by Monday, Nov. 1st - a full week ahead of original plans.  

Officials also say because of improvements in the materials used, additional repairs at the crossing would be unlikely for at least ten years. The previous average for repairs was every seven years.