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Study to reduce congestion on Cape Coral Pkwy. has negative results

Results of study to help traffic on Cape Coral Pkwy.
Posted at 7:35 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 19:35:42-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A recent traffic study to help your commute time across the cape coral bridge made travel time worse.

During a City Transportation Advisory Committee meeting in November, staff was asked to evaluate the potential benefit of increasing the “green” time of the traffic signals along Cape Coral Parkway to enhance traffic flow.

The study involved increasing green light time for traffic signals eastbound at the intersections of Coronado Pkwy., SE 10th street, and Vincennes Blvd. — while the green light time for side streets decreased.

City staff evaluated how long it took drivers to reach South Pointe Blvd in Fort Myers from Coronado Pkwy during morning peak hours.

Results showed travel time increased from 9.2 minutes to 12.16 minutes.

Drivers in this area say as the population increases, so does the congestion.

"The way to handle it is just staying away from this area after 4 or 5; just stay away, that's it," said Gary Indihar, Cape Coral resident.

The critical issue causing the congestion is the bottleneck at the Cape Coral Bridge, said the said.

Based on the trial period results, Cape Coral city staff recommended not implementing any changes to the optimized signal timing implemented in 2018.