Cape Coral saving $1.1M on road paving

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The City of Cape Coral says bids to re-pave miles of roads came in under budget, allowing for the possibility of even more roads in need getting improved.

The city originally budgeted $6.5 million to fix five major roads and 38 miles of smaller, local roads in the area. After three bidders weighed out the costs, the city discovered it will be able to get the projects done for less, leaving $1.1 million left over.

Now drivers say the city should use the money to fix more problem areas, such as Old Burnt Store Road.

“The roads have been here a long time and they need to be redone,” said Michael Vastarelli. “You look at some of these streets and you say ‘I don’t wanna move on this street.’ Like some of the streets on the NE, they’re devastating. They should have been done a long time ago.”

Vastarelli says the bumpy ride along Old Burnt Store Road every day takes a toll on his truck, “it knocks the whole front end out of line.”

It will take a few weeks before city council decides whether or not to approve the extra road projects. Each alternate road must first be evaluated and then city leaders would need to approve the bids before work begins.

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