Neighbors, drivers hope McGregor Blvd road project ends soon in south Fort Myers

Neighbors who normally love their quiet street off McGregor Boulevard are now dealing with a traffic headache.

The only way to travel down a particular stretch of McGregor in south Fort Myers is on Winkler Drive and then down Dean Way to get back to McGregor.

We spoke to families Wednesday along Dean Street who hope the project doesn’t linger much longer.

If someone tells you they’re going to be late in the area, their best excuse might be due to the detour from McGregor Blvd. onto Dean Way.

“Hopefully it doesn’t take too much longer,” Mia Malvezzi said.

Florida Department of Transportaion is blaming weather for the delay on the road project.

“People are really, totally frustrated,” said Dee Cieno, who has lived on Dean Way for years. “I don’t know whose lawn they’re going to replace. I don’t think anybody’s. They’ve hit garbage pails.”

The line of cars lingering outside of Cienos’s home is getting longer too.

“My husband is 78 years old and he’s sickly. I’m afraid for him to walk to the mailbox,” Cieno said. “If he gets too close, he might be dead.”

Ken Kendall, who also lives on Dean Way, says he had his close call.

“I had a lady almost, you know, hit me,” Kendall said. “Coming around the corner earlier today actually.”

But Kendall says, every day, it’s just a fight to get out of his driveway.

“People will let you back out of your driveway eventually and stuff,” Kendall said. And, hopefully, it’s not going to last too long.”

Drivers told us it took about 15 minutes to get down Dean Way during rush hours Wednesday. Once the project is finished, drainage pipes will be installed underneath McGregor Boulevard. We’re told it should be finished by the Oct. 26.

Reporter:Anika Henanger
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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