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City of Cape Coral to discuss bus stop safety improvements Monday

Posted at 5:15 AM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 08:18:47-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The city of Cape Coral will hold a committee of the whole meeting on Monday afternoon, to discuss possible changes to help improve bus stop safety.

The city was awarded $8 million in grants, and they're considering putting that money towards additional benches, sidewalks, street lighting and traffic signs.

Cape Coral has 1,671 bus stops and the city says to put one bench at each of them would cost $6.5 million.

“I would feel 100% safer,” said Pelican Elementary School student, Makayla Mones.

Only 9% of all roadways in Cape Coral have sidewalks. According to the city, putting sidewalks on both sides of the street within two miles of a school would cost more than $320 million. Putting sidewalks on all streets in Cape Coral would cost more than $2 billion.

When it comes to street lighting, the city says installing street lights at all remaining bus stops, which is 1,246, would be $1 million.

Installing 4 standard traffic signs at all school bus stops would be more than $1.3 million.

The city says these projects would be phased over the next five years. City leaders will discuss these plans on Monday at 4:30. p.m.