Explosive growth on Corkscrew Rd creating traffic congestion

Posted at 6:43 PM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 18:43:05-05

ESTERO, Fla., Explosive growth in the Village of Estero is causing growing concerns about traffic
congestion and safety on Corkscrew Road.

"It's really scary," said Ann Crocker, a nearby resident.  "We all worry about it. We all talk about it."

Some living near Corkscrew Road and Corkscrew Woodlands Blvd suggest traffic lights should be installed at their intersection because traffic there is getting too busy and too dangerous during rush hour commute. Some say they've spent as long as 15 minutes waiting for an opportunity to cross.

"It's time for a traffic light to be put up here. It's past time," said JT Wilson, a nearby resident.

Traffic congestion is expected to continue as businesses and residents continue moving to the area.

Lee County says traffic volume has increased steadily over the past several years east of I-75, with more than 25,000 cars on the road each day last year. But despite the growth, the County says it isn't planning to make any changes to the interesection. However, the County says they are adding a traffic light on Corkscrew Road east of I-75 in the near future.

The Village of Estero is also conducting a traffic study, which could lead to a traffic light at some point in the future. The results of that study are expected to be released in the Spring.

"We don't need to wait until someone gets killed and say, well it's time to put a traffic light. That's going to be too late," said Wilson.