Fort Myers Beach bridge expansion proposal
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Fort Myers Beach, Fla. - A new plan proposed by the Fort Myers Beach City Council could help alleviate traffic coming onto and leaving the beach.
The new plan would would expand the Matanzas bridge to three lanes of traffic from the current two lanes of traffic. The new lane would be a reversible lane. This lane, equipped with overhead traffic lights, could be used to allow traffic on the bridge in the morning and then reversed for easier traffic flow off the bridge in the evening.
The Lee County Department of Transportation recently approved the use of the Matanzas bridge for three lanes of traffic, making the expansion an option.
"We got the green light that yes it can hold three lanes of traffic. It's just what we do with that information," says Fort Myers Beach Vice Mayor Joe Kosinski.
Locals are glad that plans to expand the bridge are finally up for discussion.
"The need to do something. If they don't give it a try, we're not gonna know," said Cherryl Duffy, an employee at the tourist info center on the beach.
The plan is up for discussion at a Fort Myers Beach Council meeting next week. So far there is no time table for the execution or the proposal. There is no estimated cost for the proposed expansion yet either.