The Rebuild of SR 82 Could Help Flood Problems
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Lee County
The barrels and barriers are out and detours are starting to pop up as the first intensive construction activity in the widening of State Road 82 begins to occupy increasingly large sections of the landscape.
In addition to work on the roadway, drainage improvements are being made. In a deal between Florida Department of Transportation and the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District, work is being done on the east side of the road that could help alleviate flooding problems.
During the rainstorms of last August, and then again in the Hurricane Irma deluge, areas of roadway flooding on Lehigh’s makeshift streets cut off much of the access to roads between Leonard Avenue and SR 82.
Contractors have been clearing a path big enough to add lanes of traffic on the west side of the road.
Traffic will be shifted during construction as crews from Ajax Paving Industries work to reconfigure the road to include a six-lane highway with a median strip, bicycle paths and a sidewalk, in the stretch from Lee and Colonial boulevards in Fort Myers past the Daniels Parkway and Gunnery Road interchange to Shawnee Road in Lehigh Acres.
Future segments, stretching from Shawnee Road to the Hendry County line, will be four lanes with enough land set aside for future expansion.
State Road 82 is dangerous and busy, so FDOT is shifting some of the work to the 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. time period. During that time, there will be occasional closing of the lanes.