|Published:||May 07, 2011 5:39 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 06, 2011 10:55 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla -- Drivers in northwest Cape Coral are excited about new stop signs being installed at a busy intersection. Kismet Parkway at Nelson Road is just one of two intersections that will be seeing new stop signs added in the coming days.
"I was like yes!" said Dennis Howell, a neighbor who lives near the Kismet/Nelson intersection.
Howell said he'll be celebrating this weekend knowing the intersection of Kismet and Nelson is changing.
"From the south its four way stop, four way stop, four way stop and then you get here and its two way. I've seen people stop and then pull right out in front of traffic. So its well past time," said Howell.
Howell said traffic near his home in north Cape Coral was getting a little congested.
"They stop because they think there should be a stop sign there and of course the locals are piling up. I hear squealing breaks and horns honking," said Howell.
Cape City councilman Kevin McGrail received a letter about the need for the stop signs from Howell and said he heard the message loud and clear but traffic wasn't enough of a reason to put the signs in months ago.
"Crash data. We looked at the bus stops that stop along here. So when you factor all those safety features in, it warranted a four way stop," said McGrail.
Drivers said the stop signs need to go up for safety more than anything.
"I've seen some bad accidents here. All the other main roads that cross have one, they need one here," said Steve Zerkel, a Cape Coral driver.
Good news for drivers. Kismet and Nelson as well as Kismet and Chiquita will become an all way stop as of May 17. Howell said he's thrilled to know his neighborhood is safer.
"A lot of people, and myself included, think that one person can't make a difference, but you don't know unless you try," said Howell.
The messages and warning signs are going to remain along Kismet at least one week after the stop signs are installed.
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