Vanderbilt Drive under construction just in time for season

Posted at 10:49 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 22:51:13-05

NAPLES, Fla. --A 5 million dollar year-and-a-half long project to replace two bridges on Vanderbilt Drive in Collier County is underway.

The work will force traffic to detour onto Tamiami Trail

"It's going to be interesting because there is a lot of traffic, and we haven't hit peak in February yet," said Jodi Feulner, who lives on 111th Avenue.

A majority of the traffic on Vanderbilt Drive will be detoured off at Wiggins Pass from the north.  Drivers from the South won't be able to access Vanderbilt from 111th Avenue.

"Oh, it's really going to get confusing," said Feulner.

The new bridges will have wider shoulders and a life span of 75 years.  Jodi says the construction is an inconvenience she is willing to deal with

"Do you want to drive from Point A to Point B?  Then you need to be patient and have the roads fixed."

County officials say the road closures will eventually move north of 111th Avenue as the project moves into its next phase.