LEE COUNTY, Fla. - After years of construction delays and headaches, the Metro Parkway extension project is scheduled to end and the roadway will be open to drivers Sunday around 5 p.m.
The new six lane stretch goes from from Six Mile Cypress to U.S. 41, South of Alico Road.
Employees at Sun Harvest Citrus couldn't be happier.
"We've got citrus back in the store this weekend, so we're really excited that the road project is gonna be done just in time for season," said David Nicely.
The project was originally scheduled for completion this past spring, but hit a snag when Posen Construction was fired for missing deadlines and failing to pay subcontractors. C.W. Roberts picked up the contract and resumed construction in October 2011.
There are some finishing touches to be made.
"We'll still have work remaining, probably through the end of November or so, but the construction will be almost complete Sunday and importantly, will have traffic using the new roadway," said Debbie Tower with the Florida Department of Transportation.
FDOT is cautioning drivers to obey the 45-mph speed limit, since fines for speeding in work zones can be doubled.
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