Transportation Planning - Projects, Updates, Public Feedback
Safer. Smarter. Faster. More convenient. That’s the purpose of transportation planning. First, you plan – a long-term view of your transportation strategy. Then, you program – a near-term view of your projects and implementation plan.
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Transportation planning is the process of looking at the current state of transportation in the region, designing for future transportation needs, and combining all of that with the elements of budgets, goals, and policies. It helps shape how a city grows by evaluating everything from streets and highways to cargo ships to public transit and bike lanes. It can influence everything from business to recreation to quality of life.
Contributors to the Transportation Planning Process
The transportation planning process includes many contributors. All stakeholders' thoughts and ideas are critical to ensure a successful outcome.
Transportation Planning Goals
There are numerous important goals in the transportation planning process. The key is to balance them while designing a plan that meets the Transportation Planning Goals.
Current Transportation Planning Projects
The Transportation Division's current planning projects are listed below. Click each one for more information, or scroll down to view information on all projects.
Multimodal Transportation Master Plan
The Multimodal Transportation Master Plan (Plan) will update the long-term vision for the City’s multimodal transportation system, provide policy direction, and guide the implementation of transportation projects throughout the City during the short- mid- and long-term timeframes. Short-term projects can be included in the City’s 5-year Capital Improvement Plan. Mid-term projects have a 10-year horizon, and long-term projects have a 20-year horizon. It will also update the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
The Plan will take approximately 1-year to complete from March 2023. The first public workshop was held in June 2023, allowing residents to provide feedback on proposed mobility policies and infrastructure improvements. A second public workshop was held on January 25, 2024, to bring preliminary findings and recommendations back to residents for discussion. The final adoption of the plan is targeted for March 2024.
Click below to view the Multimodal Transportation Master Plan presentation from the Public Workshop on June 21, 2023:
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State Road 78 - Pine Island Corridor Vision and Action Plan
The purpose of this study was to establish an integrated land use and transportation Vision Plan for a 9.2-mile segment of SR 78 / Pine Island Road extending from Burnt Store Road to US 41 / Cleveland Avenue through the City of Cape Coral in Lee County, Florida. This Vision Plan will guide transportation and land use-related decisions over the next 50 years.
City Council approved the Corridor Vision and Action Plan on October 18, 2023.
--> Click here to view the Council agenda with video links to the 10/18/23 Council Meeting.
State Road 78 – Pine Island Road Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) Study
The City and FDOT are proceeding with a Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) study now that the Pine Island Road Vision and Action Plan has been approved. This study will assess implementing the recommendations of the vision plan and meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. During the study, the City will determine the location and conceptual design of feasible build alternatives for roadway improvements and their social, economic, and environmental effects.
The Project Development & Environmental Study is anticipated to commence by FY2025.
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Embers Parkway West Median Curbing & Access Management Project
The design is 100 percent complete. Please see below for updated exhibits.
Median Access Locations Exhibit (updated 2/7/24)
Embers Parkway Project Layout Exhibit (updated 2/7/24)
--> Click to see the Embers Parkway West presentation from June 28, 2023
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South Cape Downtown Parking Management Plan
The South Cape Downtown Parking Management Study aims to address parking challenges in the South Cape Downtown area and develop effective strategies to enhance the overall parking experience for residents, visitors, and businesses.
Where: The South Cape Downtown “core,” shown in the graphic below.
When: The South Cape Parking and Wayfinding and Branding Plans are completed. The consultant provided recommendations to the City Council on December 13, 2023. The next step will be to implement those recommendations as soon as 2024.
--> See more details on the project webpage at http://mobilitycohort.com/ccparking, including a Proposed Improvements Map at the bottom of the page under "Proposed Parking Recommendations." This map is open indefinitely and allows residents the ability to review the suggested improvements generated from community outreach surveys and public meetings.
Evacuation Route Plan
Led by the Lee County MPO, the Cape Coral Evacuation Route Study is being developed in partnership with Cape Coral Staff. The Study will provide recommendations to help lower identified clearance times. These recommendations will include alternate evacuation routes, phased evacuation, and route capacity improvements. The evacuation study will consist of the following:
- Demographic and Land Use Analysis,
- Hazard Analysis for hurricane storm surge
- A review of the Behavioral Analysis
- Shelter Analysis
- Evacuation and Population Vulnerability Analysis
- Transportation Analysis
It will also collect data, including a City survey, and evaluate County/Regional Evacuation Transportation Networks. The study will include an inventory of all new roads, road projects that increase capacity, bridges, scheduled road projects, and projects that impact the evacuation route network. This study is estimated to be completed by 2024.
Interactive Growth Module Update (2023)
The Interactive Growth Model™ (IGM) Ver 2 is a web-based updated complex software package that forecasts population, housing, growth, demographics, and demand for schools, office, retail, industrial, etc., in 5-year increments to build out for several hundreds of zones. To date, the IGM is the most cost-effective product to address the City’s need to have socioeconomic data forecasted in a reliable manner.
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