Cape Coral looking for solutions to reduce traffic congestion on Cape Coral Parkway

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Traffic issues along Cape Coral Parkway. Photo via WINK News

For anybody who has traveled on Cape Coral Parkway knows that it can become severely congested, particularly during the morning commute.

The city has now come up with a few solutions they hope will increase the flow of traffic and reduce the congestion during rush hours.

One suggestion is to extend the turning lane at Del Prado Boulevard. As of now it only accommodates nine vehicles, and the overflow traffic often blocks drivers who are wanting to go straight.

A second idea is getting rid of on-street parking along Cape Coral Parkway. With more than 60 parking spots available along the side, residents say people getting in and out of the spots can cause issues.

“It does cause backups, people nervous, hesitating and they just don’t confidently move in and out of the traffic,” said one resident.

But others say they don’t have enough parking there.

“I have trouble walking.. bike night was a good example, we had to park a mile and a half to get there,” said another resident.

At the moment the city is deciding whether to hire an outside consultant to help, but no changes will immediately happen. Officials say first they must study the flow of traffic for a few months before any decisions are made.




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