Collier Commissioners vote to move forward with controversial sand haul route
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COLLIER COUNTY Fla.- On Tuesday, Collier County Commissioners voted to move forward with a sand truck hauling project despite major opposition from Lee County leaders.
As early as next week, hundreds of trucks hauling tons of sand will be seen coming down I-75 and through Corkscrew Road. Some officials in Lee County don't agree with the game plan.
"To say that they're going to go ahead and start doing this in 4 days without any resolution to the issue is like saying it's not important the safety and health of people living there." Estero Council of Community Leaders Chairman Nick Batos said.
Batos came to Collier County with a laundry list of concerns about the project. He said even though it may be the most time and cost efficient, hundreds of trucks hauling tons of sand speeding down Corkscrew Road is a recipe for disaster.
" To put this number of trucks on a road with that many people 9 thousand residents going in and out of the communities is nothing more than dangerous." Batos said.
He said the project should be re-routed to Alico Road. It would be a longer trip but would avoid school zones and highly populated areas. Collier Commissioners say they've used this path in the past and it's worked without any problems and using a different route could cost nearly $700,000 more.
Even though Collier County Commissioners are moving forward with the sand haul, they still want to negotiate with Lee County and address concerns accordingly. The project could be finished as early as February 24th.