Authorities closed Metro Parkway between Colonial and Crystal Drive until just after noon. The shutdown crippled LeeTran, the county’s public bus system, because their depot was in the cordoned-off area. As many as 4-thousand riders were left with no way to get to work. LeeTran spokeswoman Joann Haley says the closure was like a set of dominoes.
“The way that the impact kind of moves out in waves from the center of a situation whether it be an accident or a road closure.”
Investigators blocked off Metro as they searched for evidence in a fatal car shooting. Tens of thousands of motorists got trapped in the resulting parking lot traffic jam as they flooded other roads. The delay also meant a loss of money and productivity. William called into W-G-C-U’s Gulf Coast Live to say three houses didn’t get his tile deliveries.
“The homeowners are now a day behind and the general contractor now has to pay for an extra day for those houses to not be closing.”
The two-mile Metro shutdown is further proof of this region’s overtaxed roads. Planners say they’re doing what they can to make do with too many cars and not enough transportation arteries.
Sunday, May 19th
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