Cape Coral may get direct access to the I-75 – but it could take at least 10 years.
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is investigating connecting Del Prado Boulevard to the Interstate 75 to cut congestion.
Spokesperson Zachary Burch says, “It’s something that we’ve looked at in the past. In the past, we haven’t been able to get it approved.”
A study is investigating future needs. It includes three options. These include one to convert the I-75 into 10 lanes and to also add a Del Prado interchange. The ideas will go to Federal Highway Administration for consideration.
Mr Burch adds, “The amount of development that’s happening around the Bayshore area with Babcock Ranch. It is certainly bringing more traffic to that Bayshore exit and that’s really the one thing that if it does meet those criteria, that’s what’s going to help push it over the edge.”
Lee County purchased right of way as part of the Prairie Pines Reserve to help make the direct access possible in 2001. The project would need federal government approval.
Currently, Del Prado Boulevard North leads to a hurricane evacuation route. Also, drivers must travel miles to the I-75.
FDOT said it is working on a plan for the study to come up with ideas that the Federal Highway Administration will approve.
Source: https://www.capecoral.net/edo/media_center/docs/FDOT%20study%20explores%20Del%20Prado%20direct%20access%20to%20I.pdf and https://www.nbc-2.com/story/40206371/cape-coral-could-eventually-have-its-own-interchange-with-i75