|Published:||Feb 10, 2011 1:01 AM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 09, 2011 8:08 PM EST|
FORT MYERS- There's a new idea to cut down on traffic tie-ups in North Fort Myers and Cape Coral.
Cape Mayor John Sullivan wants to extend Hancock Bridge Parkway through US 41, where it currently ends, east to Business 41 (Old 41).
He says it will help alleviate traffic congestion on Pondella Road and other areas.
"It would smooth out the flow of traffic substantially," Mayor Sullivan told WINK News.
Sullivan says it will not only make traffic easier, but says extending the road will be a better gateway to Cape Coral.
"It will be easier to get in or out of Cape Coral. To me, it just makes sense," he said.
But to some nearby residents, it doesn't.
"It's very quiet and peaceful. To have an extension run through, it would make not a good impact here," said Nickolena Turcotte, a resident in North Fort Myers.
Turcotte lives in a neighborhood behind a shopping center between US 41 and Business 41.
If the Hancock Bridge Parkway extension project were to move forward, both the shopping center and homes in Nicolena's neigbhorhood could be knocked down in order to connect the two roads.
"There's a lot of kids that play in this neighborhood. I don't think it's a good idea," Nickolena said.
Other neighbors like Juanita Clonch support the road extension project.
Even if it means going though her neighborhood, Clonch says it will make traffic a lot better.
"I think it's a good idea. When it's season here you can't get on Pondella," Clonch said.
This idea is still in the infancy stage, so there's no cost associated with it yet and it's unclear how many people would actually be affected.
An engineer will discuss the feasibility of the road extension project next week at a transportation meeting in Cape Coral.
Mayor Sullivan hopes no one puts the brakes on it.
"It will make the flow of traffic much better and easier," he said.
Now this isn't the first time there's been a discussion to extend Hancock Bridge Parkway.
In 2009, Lee County Department of Transportation also brought it up, but decided there were too many obstacles and too costly to pursue.