Published: Oct 24, 2012 7:58 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 24, 2012 8:01 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.-  The newly opened six-lane Metro Extension was supposed to ease traffic headaches, but it's causing them.  The extension runs from U.S. 41 to Six Mile Cypress Parkway. 

Lee County Deputies say 31 drivers were issued tickets or warnings between Monday and Tuesday at just the Briarcliff Road intersection.

On Monday, David Vanaman was rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital after he was in an accident on his motorized scooter.  Vanaman remains in critical condition and LCSO is still looking to talk to the driver of the other vehicle involved.

Drivers are calling for a traffic signal at the intersection, but a study needs to prove there's a need for the light.

"As soon as the roadway is completed and traffic is operating under more normal conditions, probably as early as December, we'll start to collect data and we'll start to have our traffic signal information available in season, probably in February," Debbie Tower with the Florida Department of Transportation said.

Drivers are reminded to follow the 45 MPH speed limit and to come to a complete stop at the stop sign. 

They're also asked to watch out for construction crews that are still in the area. 

The entire project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the Novemer.


Another crash happened at the intersection involving an SUV and pickup truck shortly before 6:00 Wednesday evening.

The driver of the truck drove into the intersection and into oncoming traffic.

Neither drivers were injured, but the driver of the truck was ticketed.