Construction to shutdown portion of Colonial Boulevard

Beginning June 9th
Posted at 10:27 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 08:12:04-04

A portion of Colonial Blvd in Fort Myers will be shut down for up to two weeks while a railroad crossing is upgraded.

Construction on the Seminole Gulf Railway crossing near Fowler Street will begin Friday, June 9th according to Florida Department of Transportation.

“I would expect that there will be some delays and it could be substantial, “ said Zachary Burch, FDOT Communications Manager, District 1.  “Like I said, we’re talking 58,000 cars a day,” he added.

Through traffic will be shutdown between Evans Avenue and Metro Parkway on Colonial Boulevard.

Those who work in the area told Four In Your Corner they hope the construction doesn’t slow down traffic into the businesses.  “We hope that doesn’t deter them from coming in,” said Dawn Alexander.

According FDOT, the construction project will remedy damages done to the railroad crossing from everyday traffic. The crossing, which utilizes rubber in some places, will be replaced with a design made of concrete that is more durable. 

Construction is scheduled to begin on June 9th, and is expected to last at least 14 days. However, if inclement weather becomes an issue the road closure could be in place until the 23rd.