CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The state of Florida is spending 5.6-million dollars to install signs, warning of problems on the two bridges into and out of Fort Myers. The DOT will install 9 dynamic message signs, with up to the minute information on traffic tie-ups and crashes on the bridges, or approaches to the bridges. DOT also will install signs advising of alternate routes.
"This will save lives and reduce secondary crash injuries. It will improve the transportation network," said Deb Tower, of the state DOT. "A single fender-bender can cause major problems for the traffic on those bridges. We have seen it many times."
Some taxpayers are not convinced.
"We have so many other things that could use that money. Roads need work, bridges need work. I don't see, spending that money on something that does not help all the taxpayers," said Bill Haberingther of North Fort Myers.
Jim Dill agrees.
"People here know the alternate routes if there is a problem on the bridges. Use the money to fix our roads," he told WINK News.
Still, the money is approved and is being spent. The signs should be up and running by this fall. Then, the DOT will consider phase two of the program: that would install warning signs for the two Cape Coral bridges.