BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- About 70 people packed inside a city council meeting in Bonita Springs. The concern is over a possible study of a fly-over at Bonita Beach Road and US 41.
The State Department of Transportation received $1 million to look at ways to improve traffic flow in the future, but businesses near the intersection are concerned that an overpass would send their customers away. Nearby homeowners worry a flyover would ruin the character of the area.
The council ultimately voted 5-2 to ask the Lee Metropolitan Planning Organization board to cancel the study. Mayor Ben Belson and Councilman Stephen McIntosh had the opposing votes, saying it's the right thing to do, to understand how the city will grow over the next two decades.
"It's not a flyover study, it's an intersection study trying to see how we can make this better," McIntosh said.
in the future.
"Do we want to preserve what we have - a small town with a big bright future - or is it time to bring in the bulldozers and just drop the plans and make it a megahighway?" Councilman Peter Simmons asked.
It's not been decided whether that potential flyover would raise U.S. 41 or Bonita beach road. The study would consider other non-flyover options such as roundabouts or at-grade improvements. The Lee MPO board will vote on this study August 22nd.