Cape Coral’s mayor has plans to fix a dangerous intersection

Reporter: Zach Oliveri Writer: Matthew Seaver
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The intersection of Del Prado Boulevard and De Navarra Parkway in Cape Coral has become a nightmare for drivers and bikers who try to navigate it.

People in Cape Coral want the intersection fixed as soon as possible. The mayor says he has plans to help everyone out.

Many bravely cross the intersection of Del Prado Boulevard and De Navarra Parkway every day. Some behind the wheel of their cars and SUVs and trucks, others on their bikes. Every one of them trying to cross without a light.

That’s why you won’t see Paige Navarro anywhere near the intersection, especially with her kids. “It is very chaotic. We definitely avoid that area as much as we can. That way to keep everybody as safe as possible.”

That’s tough because Navarro lives on nearby Gator Circle. She said she sees people crash at the intersection a lot. Most recently was a four-car pile-up Tuesday morning. The good news is no one was hurt in that crash.

Firefighters survey the site of a four-vehicle crash at De Navarra Parkway and Del Prado Boulevard in Cape Coral, Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Credit: Cape Coral Fire Department

Cape Coral police said between January 4, 2020, and December 29, 2022, there were 64 crashes in the intersection, 22 with injuries.

“There’s definitely people who don’t take their time. Don’t watch out for others, and everybody’s in a rush all the time in that area,” Navarro said.

Drivers want a traffic light installed. Cape Coral Mayor John Gunter knows that because residents fill up his inbox with requests for one. “I got several emails on that. And had followed up with city staff. My understanding is that we’re going to try to accelerate the time frame for that particular signal at that location.”

Navarro likes the sound of that. “I think it’ll help very well because at least it will stop people for a little bit and keep them aware of people going across.”

Gunter said adding a traffic light to the intersection is part of Cape Coral’s strategic plan for the future.

“If your population is growing by fifteen percent and your public safety is growing at five percent, then you’re behind the curve there,” Gunter said.

That includes maintaining response time goals for police and fire and cutting down crashes. Drivers believe a new light is a good start.

In a meeting on Wednesday, city staff took the first step toward getting that traffic light installed. It recommended the council advance a hundred thousand dollars to the Entrada Community Association to get the poles manufactured for a new light. That process could take nine to 12 months.

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