On Wednesday, Cape Coral is looking for ways to ease the traffic along Cape Coral Pkwy, especially now that season has increased the number of daily travelers.
The main focus is the one mile stretch from Coronado Pkwy to Del Prado Blvd, where it gets so backed up, many commuters make changes to their schedules just to avoid the congestion.
“It’s awful, every single morning trying to get to work it’s like an hour commute and it’s just so frustrating,” said Cape Coral resident, Mia Langlois.
Another problem area is the left turn on to Del Prado. The transportation committee has suggested they evaluate extending that lane to include more cars. Kathy Tobias has been “stuck in that left-hand turn lane with people turning,” and said it is aggravating.
Right now, it can only hold about three or four vehicles, which causes major congestion as drivers move through that intersection.
Tobias is thrilled about the new proposal. If the CRA and City Council approve it, construction would take up to a year.
But for Tobias, that is not soon enough. Neither for Amanda Canterbury.
“The lane next to the turning lane will back all the way up,” said Canterbury, who lives in Cape Coral, “only allowing just one lane to go through the intersection because of that small turning lane.”
The city will also evaluate restricting left-hand turns at specific intersections during peak hours.