NBC-2 News 5/21/11
Construction is officially complete on a major stretch of road in Cape Coral.
From Kismet Parkway to Pine Island Road, Del Prado Boulevard has expanded from four lanes to six.
"It's a drastic difference," said Cape Coral Transportation Manager Steve Neff.
Not only is there more space for drivers, walkers and bicyclists have a place as well.
"They didn't just put in straight sidewalks. I like the way they're curved and they go up hills and down hills," says Cape Coral resident Emily Wolf.
Landscaping, bridge expansions, and extra sewer treatment facilities are also new.
"I think eventually you're going to see business up and along this roadway and in cross streets," says Mayor John Sullivan.
Leaders hope the $80 million investment will pay off and be the spark that jump starts the local economy.