LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Residents are calling on change to what they call a "dangerous Lee County intersection." That intersection is at McGregor Boulevard and A & W Bulb. WINK News spoke to some residents at Heritage Cove who told us they want to see a traffic light installed.
"Everybody here is so afraid of an accident."
This stretch of McGregor Boulevard where it meets A & W Bulb is being called "dangerous." Residents living at Heritage Cove say every time they use the intersection, they are taking a chance.
"You look both ways and it's like ok, go and then you get to the middle, you look again and you go again," said HOA President Pat Clarke.
The 55 mile per hour speed limit and making a left hand turn from A& W Bulb onto McGregor, makes people nervous.
"We are a 55 and older community, a lot of us have a hard time judging distance and the speeds of the cars coming," said Clarke. "There are a lot of close calls, people going to fast, people are impatient," said resident Meg Mangan.
So, residents are calling for a stop light to be installed.
"A traffic light would help us get down McGregor, making our turns, getting us out safely, even a caution light would be better than nothing," said Mangan.
F-Dot says three studies have been done on the intersection during season, that included counting left hand turns, and crash history. They say a light isn't necessary, but residents disagree.
"I really feel like it's our time, I've been here 14 years, never had a traffic light there, only one traffic survey and they do it in the summer."
The studies were done in 2005, 2009 and 2011, and the intersection simply doesn't meet the requirements for a light.
"We've been told it doesn't warrant a light there because there have been no deaths, do we have to sacrifice someone to get a light there?"
However, F-Dot says they did see some operational changes that are now being made. Left hand turns from A & W will soon *not* be allowed.
Now, on August 7th, F-Dot will be at Heritage Cove to explain more about the operational changes coming to the intersection. They will also be here to listen to concerns any of the residents or people living in the area might have, that they can better address.