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Fort Myers to use artwork to help improve pedestrian safety

Posted at 9:34 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 23:29:08-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Four busy Fort Myers intersections may soon be getting a face lift, but it's not the kind you're thinking of.

According to the city's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), they're planning to place art at those locations, to improve pedestrian safety.

The suggested intersections are:

  • Martin Luther King Blvd. & Cranford Ave.
  • Martin Luther King Blvd. & Veronica Shoemaker Blvd.
  • Veronica Shoemaker Blvd. & Michigan Ave.
  • Michigan Ave. & has Seaboard St.

"People go through these intersections all the time and we hope that by noticing the sudden change it will give people are certain pause or delay as they go through the intersection," said Antoine Williams, the Assistant Director of the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency.

Williams says those locations were also chosen because they are high traffic and they fall along the recently launched Dunbar Cultural Landmarks walking tour.

"It reminds people that these historic assets are still there," said Williams.

The Fort Myers CRA is planning to apply for a $25,000 dollar grant to get the job done.

If all goes to plan, the work should be finished by December 2020.

They will also be taking the condition of those sidewalks and crosswalks into consideration.