FDOT approves traffic light at controversial South Fort Myers intersection
SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Department of Transportation approved a traffic light for a portion of the new Michael G. Rippe Parkway in South Fort Myers.
The new light would go in at the intersection of Briarcliff Road and the Michael G. Rippe Parkway following a hit and run accident that nearly took the life of Pastor David Vanaman.
Ironically, today's approval comes just the day after Vanaman came home from a two-and-a-half month hospital stay. Vanaman was hit while riding his scooter by the driver of an SUV who ran a stop sign at the intersection.
FDOT conducted a traffic signal study following an outpouring of public outcry and political pressure following the October 22nd crash.
FDOT says it expects Lee County to install the signal and have it operational by the fall of 2013.