LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Drivers may have noticed something missing on the road today if their commute involved US 41 in Estero-- traffic cones!
FDOT opened up 6 lanes of traffic at 6 a.m. this morning. The new strech runs about 2 miles from San Carlos Boulevard to Corkscrew Road. A portion of the road opened last week, and this morning, crews finished up work at the Corckscrew Road intersection.
The $14 million road-widening project took nearly 3 years to complete. It will take another 30 days for the top level of asphalt to cure, then crews will finish striping the road.
Business owners along that strech of road say the new lanes of traffic come at the perfect time.
Mehmet Cingoz runs a fresh fruit stand along US 41. He says, "wow, what a sight to see. I've been waiting for this for a long time, and it's just about time that they open these roads, for like 2 or 3 years it took the breath away from my business." He says in just this first day, he's already noticed a boost in business. "Seems like I"m going to have to hire extra help," he says. He credits loyal customers for keeping him in business during the construction period.
Just down the road at Campbell's Auto Center, owner John Greising says, "it's so much nicer, people can get in and out easier, I'm looking for a good season."