|Published:||May 15, 2012 6:14 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 15, 2012 6:36 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.-- The Lee county commission has given the green light to install a new traffic signal off Del Prado boulevard in Cape Coral.
The city has been fighting for the signal for years.. after a 13 year-old boy was hit and killed while trying to cross the intersection.
Kerri Santos embraced city councilman Kevin McGrail after the meeting.. who she has worked alongside to get the light.
Santos' son, Ryan, was killed while crossing the street there.. headed to Burton Park.. where hundreds of kids play baseball every summer.
Santos says if a crosswalk had been at that intersection her son's life may have been spared.
"It took two years and I thought if they were supportive it would have happened a long time ago. But we kept fighting and it finally got done," Santos said.
The commission agreed.. after the Race Trac convenience store at that intersection offered to pony up the cash for the light, crosswalk, and future maintenance..
"The city or the county.. 300 thousand dollars may not be in their budget. But we're in a position where we can afford to do that. We think it's the right thing to do," said Race Trac Engineering Manager Todd Duplantis.
Part of the reason this took so long is because that intersection didn't meet the pedestrian volume necessary to require a stop light and cross walk.
Now that the commission has agreed to override that.. the design phases will begin and the light will be installed.
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