All of the stories on this website are written to entertain you.
Sometimes we even try to be informative.
But this topic is the most important one we’ve covered since beginning this website, because it has to do with the safety of our residents and others.
During recent meetings of the Board of Supervisors of the Gateway Services Community Development District it has been made known on multiple occasions that Gateway Boulevard will be closed at SR-82 for periods of time during the months of June and July 2015.
We wrote an article pointing out that most people who use that intersection will now have to use Griffin Drive and SR-82, and that’s a disaster waiting to happen because there’s a near-constant flow of vehicles going 60mph and no traffic light there.
For those readers who know what my day job is, you know I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’ve probably driven more miles on Gateway’s roads in the past year than anyone else. And if I’m not number 1, I’m definitely top 5. I also live in Silverlakes which means that when I need to exit Gateway I normally use Griffin and SR-82.
I’m telling you for a fact: that intersection is a problem.
When Gateway Boulevard is closed we are going to need the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to perform traffic control at Griffin and SR-82 or the odds are that someone’s going to get badly hurt.
It’s that simple.
For that reason, I wrote to Gateway’s Operations Manager Scott Connell yesterday requesting copies of any GSCDD documents or email discussions he’s been involved with that pertain to the subject getting the LCSO to do traffic control.
If there have been no discussions or there are no documents to give me copies of, then Connell will probably just say he doesn’t have any information to offer. At that point we likely reach out to the Lee County Department of Transportation, Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass and the GSCDD Board of Supervisors with the hope that they’ll work on a solution.
While I would have no problem throwing a hissy-fit in the GSCDD offices, I don’t want to cause a ruckus in two Lee County offices only to find out that it was already the plan all along to have traffic control in place.
If it’s been discussed, Connell would know.
Once we hear back from him we’ll write a follow-up piece.