CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A slow-down on sidewalks. Millions of dollars are bringing them to Cape Coral neighborhoods. But we're learning the city isn't building some as fast as we thought. Some sections won't get them at all.
Every day, Robert Rogowski walks on the side of Southwest 20th Avenue. He worries about students who walk the same path to Trafalgar Middle and Elementary School. "You know..playing with each other, its not to safe in that respect," he said.
Sidewalks were scheduled to come here this year. But instead, residents will have to wait another three to four years. It's because the section is in the Southwest 6 and 7 for the utilities expansion project, which will hook up homes to city water, sewer, and irrigation.
To do so, the city needs to rip up the road. If they put them in now, they'll just have to tear them up again in two years when they do the utility project and really I'm ok with that, because that would be a waste of money," said Dr. Angela Pruitt, principal of Trafalgar Middle School.
Schools, parks and population are some of the factors the city looks at before building a sidewalk. It has a crew dedicated to that task, made up of eight people
The city has a $7.3 million plan to construct sidewalks. We've learned several new areas.. have been added to the plan, such as on El Dorado, on Palm Tree, and Sands, expected to start in 2015. But two sections will not get improvements. One of them is near Pelican Elementary School. The grant was denied, due to a lack of funds.
The grants come from the Florida Department of Transportation. The city is re-applying for money to build sidewalks near Pelican Elementary. It's also re-applying for funding to extend bike lanes on Old Burnt Store Road.