FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Traffic heading to Fort Myers Beach can be a problem, especially at the height of season. But, a road less traveled could help divert cars off busy Estero Boulevard.
Center Street looks more like part of a parking lot, and that's because it actually is. But it's now being looked at as a way to funnel cars off the bridge onto Old San Carlos Blvd. So the question is, can Center Street be reopened?
"I think it would be a win/win for getting people off of the beach and getting people out of the north part of the beach," said FMB Chamber of Commerce President Bud Nocera.
Tucked away off Old San Carlos Blvd, is an unmarked, 60-foot street, behind Winds Clothing Store, town leaders are hoping it will be key to reduce traffic
"If we can help people's ability on and off the island, help them find parking quickly, then it's a good idea," said Nocera.
That idea is to reopen Center Street. A town-owned street that has not been in use for more than a decade.
"It was closed as part of the Times Square rehabilitation years and years and years ago and traffic has changed since the implementation of this plan."
Councilman Dan Andre says Center Street could potentially be a road used to divert drivers off the Matanzas Pass Bridge and on to Old San Carlos Boulevard. The hope is less cars would make it to the busy intersection on North Estero Boulevard.
"It's something I think is worth looking at, it's something we can put together in the future to help with the traffic problem," said Andre.
The new route would put drivers in the vicinity of more parking at Third Street, Fifth Street and under the bridge
"I do think it can help a little bit, we need a lot of little bits to make a big bit."
Since, the bridge is state owned, F-DOT t is involved in the decision making. A meeting is scheduled for a month or two down the road.