|Published:||Apr 03, 2013 10:40 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 03, 2013 10:54 PM EDT|
EAST NAPLES, Fla - Calls for a traffic light at a Collier County intersection have been answered.
Jan Jackson started the pleas for change in 2011 after her 16 year old grandson was seriously hurt while crossing the intersection of US 41 and Southwest Boulevard.
Jackson and other East Naples drivers were told the traffic signal would be installed last June. Almost 10 months later they are finally up.
For years, Jackson saw crash after crash at the Whistler's Cove intersection. "My small circle of friends refer to it as suicide junction and really you're just praying you can make it across."
In December of 2011, the realities of the dangerous intersection hit home when her grandson Robbie was hit by a car. He was in a coma and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Today, he is doing well and getting ready to graduate from Lely High School.
"Because of him I had to push to get things done for this light. I just couldn't sit by and do nothing," says Jackson.
For months she waited and finally this week her hard work paid off. Only WINK News was there as the final arm was put in place late Tuesday night and the finishing touches Wednesday.
"I'm thrilled, absolutely thrilled," says Jackson. "It's been a long time coming and I can't wait for them to turn it on."
Lennar Homes agreed to put in the stoplight when they took over nearby Traviso Bay, originally estimating the light would be up last June. Calls to Lennar Homes were not returned.
Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala has been following the progress of the stop light from day one. "I think they thought it was going to be a lot simpler of a process than it turned out to be."
The delay was due in part to a number of factors including permitting, but Fiala says the delay was mostly due to the fact that Lennar Homes had to specially order each arm and wait nearly six months for them to be delivered.
For Jackson, the wait was frustrating, but she's happy her persistence paid off.
"I know people are going to think it's annoying that they have to stop, but it's people's lives involved," says Jackson.
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