CREATED Oct. 13, 2013
ESTERO, Fla. - When the Collier County Beach Re-nourishment Project starts Monday, Estero residents can expect almost 400 sand trucks to travel the road per day.
If you crunch the numbers, that's one truck every two minutes.
"That is excessive!" Marlene Vandergesse said. Her husband Van adds, "I mean every red light you go through you're going to have a truck in front of you."
Van and Marlene Vandergeese live off of Corkscrew Road, and they're not happy about sharing it with the trucks.
"If it was for the city of Estero it would be great if it was for us, but if it's for another county, another city then they should probably pay for the roads because it's going to wear them out," Van Vandergeese said.
A feeling Lee County officials share. They spent the last months fighting to find a different route through a less populated area.
"This number of trucks on a road with that many people, 9,000 residents going out of the community is nothing more than dangerous," Nick Batos, Estero Council of Community Leaders Chairman, told Fox 4 last week.
The sand trucks will leave Stewart Mining Industries and travel along Corkscrew Road to I-75. Collier County said changing the route to Alico Road would add $700,000 to the project.
While the Vandergeese's say its' not fair, some Lee County residents say they're okay with the route.
"It's not really a concern, it's something that they need to do and they need to get done so it's not a concern," Robert Davila said.
Even though Collier County officials are moving forward with the project, they say they are willing to negotiate with Lee County. The project is expected to be finished on February 24th.