CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Changes could come to what many people are calling a dangerous Cape Coral intersection. A study, released Wednesday, calls for a guard rail at the spot where two people lost their lives: at the intersection of Beach Parkway and Surfside Boulevard.
Cape Coral's Transportation Advisory Committee listened to three different options as to what could be done at this intersection. In the end the committee liked option one, which includes installing a guard rail, along with making some other improvement. The cost is about $325,000.
A show of hands, and a show of support.
A study by David Douglas Associates, INC calls for a guard rail at the sharp intersection. It would be made up of standard steel panels you'd find on the rails of an interstate.
Kristie Hilbert, Alexie Krill's mother, is relieved at the results. "I hope she'd be proud, and I just wish she was here to see it," she said.
Alexie died September 2012, when she failed the make the turn and launched into the deep canal. She would be the second to die, since 2005. "It's a shame that it took two deaths to get this started," said Hilbert.
But this study hopes to curb tragedy. It also suggests adding flashing solar signs, and adjusting the angle of the intersection, forcing cars to curve around it. "We feel a lot of relief, I'm glad that the study turned out in our favor," said Hilbert.
The study has to be approved by city council. In the meantime, the city manager will be asked to sign off on interim enhancements that could be done now, such as adding better signage, markings, and rumble strips.
"To the residents in that area, it seems to us, its ridiculous that it has taken this long," said Hilbert.
The proposal will appear before city council April 1st.