Solving traffic congestion on Cape Coral Parkway

Traffic on Cape Coral Parkway. (Credit: WINK News)
Traffic on Cape Coral Parkway. (Credit: WINK News)

Cape Coral Pkwy is the main entrance and exit for the south Cape and one of the city’s busiest roads.

“A morning commute can be miserable,” Richard Emmons said.

“If you have to cross the bridge, it’s quite an ordeal,” Denny White said.

As numerous cars make their way in and out of the city during the morning and afternoon rush hours, the roadway has become one of the highest congested in the city.

The City of Cape Coral is looking for solutions, such as getting rid of on-street parking and extending the left turn lane on Del Prado. Presently, it can only accommodate about nine cars. City staff is looking for ways to alleviate traffic and hope to have their analysis done in the next three months.

We posted on Facebook to see what solutions you would want to see. WINK News took some of those ideas to Cape’s traffic engineer, Bill Corbett.

A commenter asked, “if you could make the Cape and midpoint bridge is six lanes?”

“I believe the midpoint bridge does have enough width to transition to six lanes in the future,” Corbett said. “The Cape Coral bridge however does not. It is too small to accommodate three lanes of traffic in each direction.”

“What about flyovers?” another commenter asked.

“They’ve been discussed in the past along the veterans corridor,” Corbett said. “I know that the county has conducted a few studies looking at some benefits of those types of infrastructure improvements. At this point in time, there are none planned, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any in the future.”

Another solution, Corbett said, is giving people more of a reason to stay in Cape Coral.

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