Published: Oct 03, 2012 7:14 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 03, 2012 8:55 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- It's your money and Lee County is spending thousands of it because of delays to the Matlacha Bridge construction. But at this time, the county can't give us an exact price tag of how much the delays will cost you.

"We thought they'd do the bridge, get it done, and it be done!" When Judith Rhode moved into her little piece of paradise two and a half years ago: two of those years have been spent putting up with consturction.

"Man I hope this doesn't go on for very long, because it was shaking, pile driving, shaking the trailer I had to hold my dishes in the cupboard," she explained.

She'll have to live with the noise a bit longer. Lee County Department of Transportation says the contractor Archer -Western heard a strange sound from coming from the pivot, that the bridge lifts on.

Officials say they took it apart and pinpointed the sound. But all of this is costing money.

On Tuesday Lee County commissioners approved spending almost 300,000 extra dollars because of delays, and that's going to the engineers. The project was originally contracted for 18 million dollars.

"There are some issues left to determine, some involve time, some involve money, some involve both. we haven't gotten to the point we're sitting down figuring out everything out yet, we're just trying to get the work done," said Lee DOT Deputy Dir. Randy Cerchie.

DOT officials estimate that after the traffic switch, it's going to take another three months, or so to remove the old bridge. That means this entire project wouldn't be finished until January.


The contractor Archer-Western didn't want to comment.