|Published:||Mar 30, 2011 11:05 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 30, 2011 8:05 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - People in Cape Coral are fearing for their safety and want something done.
Those living near Kismet Parkway and Nelson Road say traffic in the area is dangerous and someone could get killed.
There's already a stop sign at Nelson Road, but people also want a stop sign put up at Kismet Parkway.
"I just hope they do something. I've seen half a dozen crashes," said Denny Howell, who lives near the intersection.
Cape Police report seven accidents at this intersection in the past year.
None had serious injuries, but it did cause Howell to take action.
He wrote to City Councilman Kevin McGrail asking for something to be done on Kismet Parkway.
This is one of the few areas in the Cape that is not a four way stop.
As a result, drivers sometimes get confused and stop when they're not supposed to or speed through the intersection.
Howell's email prompted city engineers did do a traffic study at the intersection.
They determined more than four thousand cars drive through this Kismet Parkway intersection every day.
A little more than one thousand cars drive through the intersection on Nelson Road.
Based on their study, city engineers decided the intersection does not need any more traffic control, such as a traffic light or stop sign.
They also point out there are already signs posted on Nelson Road stating "cross traffic does not stop."
"I know engineers go by numbers, but sometimes numbers don't tell the whole story," Howell said.
Instead of putting up a stop sign, city engineers did suggest three alternative options to keep this area safe.
They include routine maintenance of the existing signs and pavement markings on the street, more police presence, and educating drivers of traffic control laws.