|Published:||Oct 30, 2012 6:12 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 30, 2012 6:17 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Commissioners are joining the call to get a traffic light installed at the Metro Extension and Briarcliff Road intersection.
In fact, one commissioner called the intersection a "death trap."
As a result, the board decided Tuesday to send a letter to the Florida Department of Transportation requesting a study of the intersection start immediately.
Lee County Deputies have issued dozens of tickets and warnings at the intersection, and there have been at least two accidents there since it opened. One of the crashes critically injured a man riding a motorized scooter.
"I just have to tell you we're going to see more deaths. It is a speed road, and it is a death trap for residents entering and exiting Briarcliff," Commissioner Ray Judah said.
Wiring for a traffic signal is already in place, but installing it would require the results of a study by the Florida Department of Transportation showing the need.
"We can't just guess if a signal is justified or not. We need hard data. It's a brand new roadway, brand new intersection. We need to see those numbers that demonstrate the need for a signal," FDOT Spokeswoman Debbie Tower said.
Tower said the department should start collecting data in December and expects to complete the study by February.
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