For years Gateway residents have been ringing alarm bells about the dangers of turning left on to SR-82 from Griffin Drive. There have been several serious accidents – one every few months it seems – and people often wonder what it’s going to take to have a traffic light installed there.

Those people now have their answer: road widening.

The widening of SR-82 from a 2-lane to a 6-lane highway has been divided in to segments by the Florida Department of Transportation. The Griffin Drive intersection is part of the Lee Boulevard to Shawnee Road segment, which is being designed by engineering firm Dewberry.

Raymond Lee from Dewberry confirmed to the Gateway Sun yesterday that Griffin & SR-82 will be getting a traffic light as part of the road widening project. So that’s the good news.

What’s the bad news? It’s still several years away.

The design phase for Lee-Shawnee will be completed in mid-2017, with construction beginning shortly thereafter according to the most recent project schedule published by FDOT.

So while it will still be 2 or 3 years before the traffic signal is installed, at least we know it’s coming.

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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