|Published:||Nov 07, 2013 7:49 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 07, 2013 8:15 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Lee County drivers have been anxiously waiting to see traffic signals at Briarcliff Road and Metro Parkway extension. "This is not even rush hour you can see how dangerous it this is," said driver John Prater.
The Florida Department of Transportation says in about one week, it's ready to flip the switch and make the lights operational. But the light sits on an intersection near a railroad crossing and needs the Seminole Gulf Railway's blessing to get the lights up and running.
"We need Seminal Gulf to sign this boilerplate agreement. If not, I'm fearful we will not be able to turn on the traffic signal," said Debbie Tower with FDOT.
According to FDOT, the railway has issues with the wording of the agreement and has refused to sign. "It's something that FDOT uses with every other railroad in the state of Florida when we have similar conditions.
Tower says without that signature, the signals cannot be synchronized with the passing trains.
"We are very proud of the steps we took proactively during the project ordering the equipment, getting everything ready to go. We are ready. We're waiting on the railroad," she said.
FDOT says it's are talking with the Seminole Gulf Railway again Thursday afternoon and will hopefully reach an agreement. We did reach out to the railway company for an interview but they did not want to speak with us on-camera.
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