|Published:||Apr 13, 2011 11:38 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 13, 2011 8:38 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Speeding and safety concerns prompt one Cape Coral neighborhood to take action.
They want drivers to stop using their neighborhood as a cut through and a race track.
The area is Southwest 28th Street between Chiquita and Skyline, which are two of the busiest roads in the Cape.
"It has been big problem," said Larry Hooper, a resident on SW 28th Street.
Hooper says his residential road has turned into a highway.
"People fly through here. Driving 40,45, 50 miles per hour," he said.
For years Cape residents, like Larry say speeders have been a problem on this street.
Many drivers use it as a short cut to avoid traffic on Veterans Parkway.
In 2008, the city closed it by putting up barricades to help stop drivers from using SW 28th Street as a cut through.
But that didn't work.
People moved the barricades and drove through anyway.
"I'm particular concerned about school kids," Hooper said about why he's worried about this speed issue.
He adds the worst times are mornings and evenings.
"When people go to and from work," he said.
On Wednesday, the Transportation Advisory Council discussed the issue of cut-throughs and speeders on SW 28th Street and others across Cape Coral.
Some suggestions to solve the problem include: adding speed bumps on residential roads, more police presence, and lowering the speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25.
"I don't see anyway of doing this without lowering the speed limit," said Mayor John Sullivan.
Cape Mayor John Sullivan supports changing the speed limit.
Hooper says that won't stop the problem.
"I don't think lowering the speed limit is going to help. People are going to speed," Hooper said.
The Transportation Advisory council will discuss the suggestions over the next few weeks.
They hope to have long term solution in the coming months.
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