Cape Coral Interchange Will Impede Mandatory Hurricane Evacuation

5:47 PM, Sep 10, 2018

If you live in Cape Coral, you've probably already realized getting to I-75 will take about 30 minutes. Which means you'll have to plan well in advance if you want to get ahead of traffic if there's ever a mandatory hurricane evacuation.

"I couldn't imagine what it would be like if a hurricane comes," Gordon Newsome said, who lives off of Del Prado Boulevard.

Efforts to devolve a more effective, alternative plan evacuate from Cape Coral before a hurricane have failed. The Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization has been trying to figure out a plan to extend Del Prado Blvd. since the early 1990s.

"We are looking at a possible alignment for a connection with an interstate within an interchange," Don Scott said, who is an executive director at Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The SWFL organization is considering roads near Slater Road or the County Line area.

In 2009, Lee County Board of County Commissioners approved a land transfer, which was intended for the I-75 extension. The county has not made significant progress on the land transfer.