Residents worry Cape Coral population growth will further impede traffic

Ask drivers about the traffic in Cape Coral and you may get some different answers.

“It’s been really nice down here trying to get around everything,”┬ásaid James Gehring, a recent Cape Coral resident. “It’s not bad at all.”

“Traffic’s terrible!” said Carolyn Sandler, a North Fort Myers resident. “We just hate it.”

While Sandler lives in North Fort Myers, she comes to Cape Coral frequently to complete various errands.

“My husband has two doctors over here and when we have to come there it’s like crazy,” Sandler said.

Southwest Florida’s largest city is home to close to 190,000 people, according to the U.S. Census. That is bigger than Fort Lauderdale and not far behind Tallahassee.

So with more vehicles on the road, what does that mean for you?

Cape Coral’s Traffic Engineer, Bill Corbett, said the city’s roads are not that bad.

“Roads like Cape Coral Pkwy, going over the bridges, those are the bottleneck points,” Corbett said. “But for the most part, the City of Cape Coral does not currently have a congestion issue and our roads do operate at an acceptable level of service.”

Cape Coral recently completed a signal timing study to get you from point A to point B faster and is widening Burnt Store Rd. All of this, they said, makes more room for you in a steadily growing city.

Reporter:Brooke Shafer
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