COLLIER COUNTY, Fla -- In less than a week, you will notice more truck traffic on the road. Hundreds of trucks, packed full of sand, will be traveling along I 75 six days a week.
The controversial plan was approved unanimously Tuesday by Collier County commissioners. The plan is to haul sand from Immokalee across Corkscrew Road in Lee County, then south on I 75 for more than 20 miles to three Collier County beaches.
"I definitely think there are some safety concerns, with the added traffic. Also, with these big dump trucks you have debris coming back at the cars," says Collier County resident Shannon Richardson.
The project is all part of a plan to fix Collier County's beaches by trucking sand on Southwest Florida's only interstate.
"There are a lot of vehicle problems on 75 especially with the big trucks," says Karen Cronin of Collier County.
WINK News wanted to know how crews will make sure this doesn't create a traffic nightmare if something were to happen with one of the trucks.
Collier County Growth Management Administrator Nick Casalanguida says, "while this will be additional truck traffic we expect the same kind of response if any accident took place in that first responders would get out there right away."
Truck drivers will also have to follow standard highway rules, including driving below a certain speed and following a safe distance behind cars.
They'll also work with the Lee County Sheriff's Office to make sure these rules are enforced and Southwest Florida drivers are safe.
"There's going to be a lot of trucks," says Cronin. "That's what I see as being a problem."
Lee and Collier leaders plan to meet this week to discuss concerns about congestion. One idea is to divert trucks to Alico Road during peak driving house in the morning and evenings.