CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Business owners have questions and concerns about a road widening project that's been in the works for months. Cape Coral plans to expand Pine Island Road between Chiquita Boulevard and Burnt Store Road into four lanes.
"I'm mixed. There's some good points and some bad points." Bubba's Roadhouse and Saloon owner Jay Johnson says he's known about the Pine Island Road expansion project for years.
Now that it has the green light, he has questions.
"Where are the medians going to be, and what type of access for our customers?" he asked.
This year, Cape Coral's city council approved the $8.8 million road expansion project that will make Pine Island Road, from Chiquita Boulevard to Burnt Store Road, four lanes.
Construction could start next year.'
The German American Social Club is another keeping a close eye on the project. The club's president says the expansion will ease congestion during large events, like Oktoberfest.
"During those six days of Oktoberfest we are expecting 35 to 40 thousand people," said President Hubert Prem.
But some are concerned how the overall construction process will affect their business, and they worry it comes at a price. "We are losing one of our three entrances, and we are keeping two," Prem said.
"It will give us another evacuation route for our friends on Pine Island, so they can get out in case of bad weather. Everything's good, again, it all boils down to where the cut-outs are," said Johnson.
To address questions and concerns, the Florida DOT hosted a public meeting at the German American Social Club.