LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A Lee County man says he has a plan to make your commute to Cape Coral better. It involves adding a new road that would connect Slater Road to Bayshore Road and eventually put you on I-75
David Urich knows a thing or two about traffic. He's appointed to sit on Lee County's Citizens Advisory Committee, which gives advice to the county about transportation.
Now, he has some advice for Cape Coral: to build a 4 mile extension between Bayshore Road and Slater Road to ease access to the interstate. "It would also allow people to get more easily to the veteran's clinic which is a growing facility in the Cape," Urich said.
From the interstate you can get to Cape Coral from Charlotte County, North Fort Myers, or Fort Myers. There's no question that many people think this city is far away from I-75.
WINK News first told you in November 2012 about councilman Kevin McGrail's plan to add a direct route to the city with a new interchange. "The fact that we have the distance we have from the interstate has hurt the city of Cape Coral," said McGrail in a November 2012 interview.
But Urich argues Mcgrail's plan would cost $100 million and could take 30 years. His plan, he says, could be done in less than ten years, and would cost an estimated $10 million.
He says the county will be talking about his new plan at a Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting the end of the month.