FORT MYERS, Fla.- Work begins once again on a stretch of Palm Beach Blvd., mostly in the city of Ft. Myers but some in Lee County. The state is pushing back curbing at 13 spots to make for wider turning radiuses.
"I hope it helps. Right now, you can't turn if you have a good-sized vehicle or truck. The medians have been a problem for 3 years now," said Esther Coffey, who works at a business on Palm Beach.
"I think it's great they are making changes, but I hate it that they didn't think of these problems before they put in the medians a few years ago," said Charles Starks, who drives the roadway often.
The state DOT also will cut 5 U-turn lanes into the medians, to make it easier for drivers to get from one side of the road to the other.
The DOT is spending 531-thousand dollars on the project that begins Oct. 17. Spokeswoman Deb Tower refuses to call it, correcting a mistake.
"We had limited space to work with, and we had to put in medians to improve pedestrian safety. It has saved lives. It turns out, Palm Beach is an older roadway, it is not very widek, and we had to put in medians of a certain width. There have been problemsw with turning at some places, and we are addresssing those," Tower told WINK.
Work could involve some night-time lane closures, and should be done by next February.