|Published:||Nov 02, 2012 9:17 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Nov 02, 2012 10:45 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fl. - Two Florida state lawmakers are joining the fight to install a traffic signal at a controversial Lee County intersection.
Two crashes at the Metro Parkway and Briarcliff Road intersection prompted calls for safety measures.
After meeting with state lawmakers earlier this week, the Florida Department of Transportation decided to start a traffic study next Thursday instead of next month.
Flashing lights, a stop sign and a speed trap. Drivers say, it's not enough.
"You'd think they would have a light here... I'm just worried about the accidents," says driver Chris Messina.
Within two days of the road being open, there were two crashes here at the Metro Parkway and Briarcliff Road intersection. One sent David Vanaman to the hospital. He's still in critical condition. The Florida Department of Transportation decided to start a traffic study next month to see if a light was necessary here. But state lawmakers insist that's was not soon enough.
"We've had a lot of calls and emails into the office with concerns about the safety issue," says Rep. Matt Caldwell.
Concerns like crossing over two lanes of 45 mile an hour traffic to make a left. earlier this week, Representative Matt Caldwell and Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto sat down with FDOT leaders with one major goal.
"Expedite the traffic study that would justify putting a light here," Rep. Caldwell says.
Now lawmakers are confident FDOT is making this intersection a priority.
"It is a difficult situation, you've got a community of folks that have been used to being able to travel unimpeded all these years, 30, 40 years and now you've got a huge new road that cuts through their neighborhood and it changed things," he adds.
FDOT officials caution that just because the study is starting earlier, does not mean they will get all their data earlier.
With season starting and more traffic on the roads, leaders say the study could last through February.
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