School District worries about sand trucks on bus routes
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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County School District officials are speaking out about their safety concerns over trucks hauling sand to Collier County for a beach re-nourishment project.
School administrators fear the route they are taking is putting school children in possible danger.
Corkscrew road is lined with residential neighborhoods.
County officials say its just not designed for high volume commercial traffic.
So the Lee County School District wants to make sure those who approved the hauling route have all the facts.
Marc Mora with the Lee County School District says "its the number of bus stops along corkscrew that is our concern. we currently have 28 bustops along corkscrew."
With residential neighborhoods like Stoney Brook and Pine Woods Elementary lining Corkscrew Road, the Lee County School District says this boulevard isn't designed for heavy commercial sand trucks and want them to use alternative routes.
But for the next four months they'll be hauling sand all the way down to Vanderbilt Beach.
Lee County manager Roger Desjarlais estimates it to be 390 trucks a day and adds "That puts a truck down Corkscrew road every two minutes."
So far, Collier County Commissioners have refused to alter the route from Corkscrew Road.
And the school district thinks that's a bad idea.
Marc Mora says " Bella Terra has 12 buses . when they exit Bella Terra... there is no stop light ... so you can imagine a large bus trying to gather speed and get up to speed on corkscrew with no stop light."
Even without the sand trucks, the county says they're facing serious problems.
Roger Desjarlais says "There are children out there going to school in the morning and we have college students going to and from Florida Gulf Coast University. People shopping at Gulf Coast Center. So there have been two accidents in the last 18 months with serious injuries along that road based on trucking alone."
The Lee County School District has put together a list of all the bus stops on Corkscrew.
They're hoping decision makers in Collier County will take it into account and perhaps change their mind.