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Traffic nightmare for Naples neighborhood

Posted at 9:49 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 07:28:27-04
NAPLES, Fla. -- Residents of a Naples neighborhood are growing tired of drivers using their street as a cut through between two major thoroughfares.
 
"We feel like it's becoming a serious problem," said Lonnie Martin, who lives on Ridge Street.
 
It's a mile long stretch of road that connects Tamiami Trail with Goodlette-Frank Road.  Martin says drivers are cutting through, instead of using Golden Gate Parkway.
 
"I have counted as many as 20 per hour, that would be dump trucks, box trucks, concrete mixers."
 
We took Martin's concerns to Collier County.  Spokesperson Kate Albers said the county would consider a traffic calming study, but only after at least 10 percent of neighbors sign a petition.
 
"Absolutely, yes," said Mila Collett, when asked if she would sign it.
 
Colett wants the speed limit dropped from 30 to 25 miles per-hour.  As it stands now, she's afraid to walk her 7-year-old daughter in the neighborhood.
 
"We'll do whatever it takes to get something done," said Martin.
 
Martin asked county officials to put a truck weight limitation sign up on his street, but was told in email by staff, too few large trucks use the road to justify the sign.