Cape Coral city leaders to vote on new sidewalks to keep students safe

Reporter: Dannielle Garcia
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Bus travels in the dark for an early morning pickups. (Credit: WINK News)
FILE: Bus travels in the dark for an early morning pickups. (Credit: WINK News/FILE)

Cape Coral city leaders are looking to add sidewalks to busy roads to keep your kids safe on their way to school.

Students walking to and from school to their bus stop are dealing with an abundance of grass, dirt and sometimes traffic. The goal of the city is to change that to make it safer for kids who have to walk to their bus stops.

Earlier this year, the city announced a major plan to prioritize and implement sidewalks throughout Cape Coral. Adding sidewalks within a two-mile walking distance from all schools in the city would cost over $320 million. Prices are around $2.2 billion to have sidewalks citywide.

So, officials have prioritized schools and areas. Diplomat Elementry is now on that list. A $65,000 grant is for the design phase, which if approved on Tuesday would take place next year. The construction of the sidewalks would come from another $300,000 grant. The plan is to begin in 2020, along with the UEP project in Cape Coral.

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