LEE COUNTY, Fla - Hundreds of truck loads of sand could soon be moving down I-75. The controversial plan has many in Lee County up in arms, worried the extra traffic will ruin our roads.
This is all part of a $10 million beach renourishment project in Collier County. Leaders want the sand to be driven from a mine in Immokalee, across Corkscrew Road in Estero to Alico Road and then South on 75.
The other route would take trucks 17 miles along Oil Well Road.
WINK News did some digging and found out the plan is to haul the sand from sun up to sun down 6 days a week for three to four months.
The $10 million project is set to fix three of Collier County's most popular public beaches: Vanderbilt, Naples and Park Shore. But, Lee County residents are worried about all those trucks coming through their neighborhoods.
"Let's talk about the principal of this and the principal of this is dead wrong. Dead wrong," says Jim Boesch, Director of Transportation for ECCL.
Boesch live just off Corkscrew Road near the proposed route. He says the 5,000 homeowners along the street paid for the road and he thinks the trucks could lead to damage and have them shelling out extra cash.
"They don't want to subject their residents and their roads to this abuse so lets dump it on Lee County and unfortunately the portion in Lee County is going to be on roads the residents paid for," says Boesch.
The route was chosen by the Collier County Sheriff's Office. They tell WINK News they took a number of things into account including school zones, dangerous intersections and a construction project along Immokalee Road.
Boesch says, "it's very simple. Collier County, bring it out to Immokalee Road, what's the problem? Ok you have to resolve some of your problems? Resolve them. Don't go to another area."
As Director of Transportation in Estero Boesch is leading the charge against this truck haul. As for safety, the Collier County Sheriff's Office says it'll be monitoring the trucks constantly during the project but, it's still working out contingency plans in case of an accident.
"We're setting a precedent and that's the wrong thing to do," says Boesch.
The project still needs to be approved by the Department of Environmental Protection and that the route along Corkscrew and Alico has not been finalized yet. Leaders in Lee and Collier County are still discussing alternate routes.
Work is set to begin in October.