By Ben and Kelly Bishop
(Residents of the Legends and long-time advocates for safe biking and walking on Fiddlesticks Blvd.)
The long-awaited Fiddlesticks Blvd. shared use path opened in December 2016, with great fanfare
(See BWL Column: Patience pays off for Fiddlesticks Blvd. community), and the road itself was repaved in the Spring of 2017. When we returned to Lee County in October (after Hurricane Irma), we discovered that the road edge had degraded and there was a 6 inch drop that could damage a car wheel or cause a bike/car crash. We took photos of the problem and emailed them to the LeeDOT RFA (request for action) team. We got an immediate response from the team that they would look into it. Within 3 weeks, the LeeDOT maintenance crew had come out and fixed the problem.
Below are the before and after photos:
So next time you see a problem when you're out walking or biking, take the time to report it to the RFA team. Take a few pictures of the problem, make notes on the approximate location (e.g., X feet east of Oakwilde Street), and then file a report through LeeDOT's RFA system. You can either fill out a form online, email or call (239-533-9400).
Below is the key contact information that you should keep handy:
Form online: https://www.leegov.com/dot/requestforaction
The LeeDOT RFA team does a terrific job of responding to the reports in a timely manner, not only sending you an email response but actually going onsite to fix the problem and reporting back to you when it's done.
Thanks for being an engaged user...and a big thanks to the RFA team that quickly responds to the reports.
p.s. put the RFA contact info in your I-Phone NOW so you have it when you need it.
Click here for a one-pager with all who/what/when/how to report (keep this handy)
BikeWalkLee Related Blog Posts:
BWL blog 4/16/16: http://bikewalklee.blogspot.com/2016/04/how-to-report-bikeped-facilities-or.html
BWL blog 4/28/16: BikeWalkLee'sColumn in News-Press "Go Coastal" section: 4/28/16
BWL blog 7/26/16: Reporting a problem with a roadway and getting results: The story of one pothole and FDOT