Council OKs addition of bike lanes to west end of Cape Coral Parkway
With sidewalks just added to both sides of Cape Coral Parkway west of Agualinda Boulevard, City Council voted unanimously Monday night to also add bike lanes in both directions.
The parkway, which is two lanes in each direction separated by a median, will be reduced to one lane in each direction with bike lanes to be marked at the curb side of the pavement. The action is the city’s response to many requests from residents in the area and the support of Cape Coral Bike-Ped to make walking and biking safer.
An independent study authorized by the city recommended the lane reduction would have no negative impact on the traffic patterns in the area.
The new designated bike lanes along the parkway will connect two other named and sponsored bike routes in the area.
Public Works Director Steve Neff said crews will get started right away on restriping the roadway and marking the bike lanes in order to get the simple project completed by the end of the month.
Other road safety improvements were approved Monday night to install curbing along medians on a short stretch of Kismet Parkway at Del Prado at the Publix shopping center. A contract was awarded to Bonness Inc., to complete the work in addition to widening or adding to existing sidewalks along Country Club Boulevard, Hancock Bridge Parkway and Southeast 17th Place to accommodate bike routes at a total cost of $151,110.
Council also approved a request by Utilities Director Jeff Pearson to award a five-year contract to Sunshine Meter & Supply to become the city’s single source for Neptune Water Meters.
The city is continuing its program of installing and replacing water meters with the Neptune meters equipped with radio reading software. Meter readers won’t be required to stop and physically read meters in the ground, but simply drive by the location and record the meter’s radio signal. Pearson told council the meters will save the city money in staff costs, help determine leaks and eliminate human error in the reading process.
Pearson said the ultimate goal is to replace every water meter in the city in the future with the capability of reading the meters remotely, thus eliminating the need for readers to drive by in close proximity to every meter.
Council’s final regular meeting of 2015 is scheduled for next Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Following the brief hiatus, meetings will resume on Monday, Jan. 11, in the new year.