CREATED Jul. 16, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Caloosahatchee Bridge was closed for hours today and lots of drivers didn't see it coming.
"I noticed the traffic was backed up," driver Dean Riggins said.
But the thing is, drivers should have had a heads up.
"Did you see any signs that told you the bridge was closed?" Fox 4's Sara Belsole asked.
"No," Riggins said.
Electronic traffic signs are supposed to let drivers know what's up ahead, but this morning, they were blank.
"They should have notified us way back here, before we got up there and then everyone had to turn around and go back," Riggins said.
It's not just about being late for work. Your tax dollars pay for these signs.
Fox 4 called the Florida Department of Transportation to find out why the signs weren't working. A spokesperson said they have a contractor working on improving the signs and while that's happening the contractor, not the state or the county, is responsible for activating the signs if there is an emergency.
FDOT said they "strongly" spoke to the contractor and this shouldn't happen again.
Drivers like Riggins hope not. Riggins said he was lucky he had a little extra time for a delay.
"I would have been upset if I was on my way to work. It would have been another story," Riggins said.