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FDOT ANNOUNCES TRAFFIC SIGNAL APPROVAL AT METRO EXTENSION AND BRIARCLIFF ROAD
Fort Myers, FL — In a statement from FDOT today, the Department has announced that it has approved a traffic signal at Briarcliff Rd and the Metro Extension. The department had this to say:
“The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) traffic signal study at the Michael G Rippe Parkway/Briarcliff Road intersection is completed, and FDOT has approved installation of a signal.”
They went on to announce that “FDOT is ordering mast arms and poles for the signal and expects delivery in about six months. Increased demand for these materials associated with recovery from Hurricane Sandy is delaying production and delivery.
FDOT also will provide the other necessary traffic signal equipment. Lee County will install the signal and it is expected to be operational in fall 2013.FDOT already has prepared design plans for the traffic signal.”
After concerns were expressed by Senator Benacquisto and Representative Caldwell, FDOT announced their plans to make this study a “priority”. The “traffic warrant study” was expedited, and the results found that the intersection warrants a traffic signal.
“Ensuring the safety of Lee County’s citizens has to be our first concern” said Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto. “I am glad that the Florida Department of Transportation has chosen to increase safety precautions in Fort Myers. The installation of this important traffic signal will help make sure that safety is improved at this intersection and our roadways are safe.”
Representative Caldwell concurred, saying “I am deeply pleased that the Florida Department of Transportation expedited this study and are now moving forward with this much needed traffic signal. Senator Benacquisto and I were clear from day one that our primary concern was safety and this project will ensure just that.”
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