Thursday, May 28, 2009

Planning Council Urges 4-Lane Hendry Roadway

Four Lanes From LaBelle To US 27 Important Issue Says Council

The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council met on May 21st and voted to approve a resolution to four lane SR-80 from Port LaBelle at Birchwood Parkway east to the intersection of SR-27. The plan is already on record but is not scheduled for several years.

This resolution will be signed by the Chairman of the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and sent to the Secretary of Transportation and the Secretary of the DEP. What effect the resolution may have on speeding up the process is undetermined. Four lanes are now under construction as earlier scheduled by the Florida DOT from Birchwood Parkway west to the canal on the east side of LaBelle.

Hendry County Commissioner Tris Chapman form Hendry County spoke in favor of the resolution and pointed to the 65 accidents and eight deaths at the intersection of SR-80 and SR-27 from 2004 through 2008. The foggy conditions this past winter and several multiple vehicle pile ups and head on collisions have this stretch as the #1 concern form a safety perspective, according to Florida Department of Transportation Secretary, District 1, Stanley Cann.

SR-80 is also a major evacuation route for Lee County in the event of a hurricane or other emergency. Dr Elkowitz, a Governor�s appointee to the SWFRPC from Glades County, also urged the Board to approve the resolution.

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