GOLDEN GATE, Fla. - A proposed interchange at Everglades Blvd and I-75 could be a critical evacuation route for residents in Golden Gate Estates. Moving the project forward is a the topic of a public meeting this afternoon.

Collier County expects a quarter of a million people could live in Golden Gate in the next 50 years and those people are going to need a way to get to and from the interstate. However, the project is going to go through a first of it's kind study in the state that could delay it getting started.

Commissioner Jim Coletta says the state is going to do a detailed study of the area's ecology. The study will cover about 25 and Commissioner Coletta says, "it's going to take years to complete such a study."

The Department of Transportation says it thinks the study can actually be completed in a year.

The progress report meeting starts at 6 00 this evening and Palmetto Elementary School in Golden Gate Estates.