The Florida Department of Transportation is asking from community feedback on some alternatives for Orange Ave in the Downtown South Area.
The portion of Orange Ave that is being looked at is the two-mile stretch between Anderson St and Pineloch Ave.
The study involves developing alternatives to the current road and road infrastructure.
“The goal is to increase safety and efficiencies on Orange Avenue,” said FDOT spokesperson Steve Olson. “The average daily traffic count, based on Florida Traffic Online stats from 2012, shows about 36,000 vehicles a day using the road on the south end of the study area, just south of Michigan, to about 32,000 vehicles a day traveling the northern end of the corridor.”
Some of the goals include:
- Reduction in number of crashes
- Lower & consistent speed
- Reduce mid-block crossings
- Increase space between sidewalk and travel lane
- Adding medians & more greenscape/hardscape
- Reduce intersection delay
- Additional turn lanes
- Remove bus loading/unloading from traffic lanes
At a meeting tonight the state will present two alternatives:
- Alternative 1 — Basic Alternative
- Restripe to create consistent 10 foot travel lanes
- Additional on-street parking where applicable
- Select median treatments where feasible
- Bus flex lanes where applicable
- Alternative 2 — Ultimate Alternative (includes everything in Alternative 1)
- Curb extensions to create consistent 10 foot travel lanes / enhanced aesthetics
- Intersection improvements at Grant St, Kaley St, Miller St and Gore St
- Consolidation of Lynx stops
“Consistency in lane size and speed limits is mentioned in the study. Moving buses out of the travel lanes, to lanes where buses can pull off and out of traffic, as well combining bus stops, are mentioned, which would increase safety and efficiency,” said Olson.
The community is invited tonight to learn more about the alternatives and provide feedback. The meeting is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Beardall Senior Center located at 800 S. Delaney Avenue, Orlando. FL 32801. The meeting begins as an open house at 5:00 p.m. with a presentation describing the different project alternatives at 6:00 p.m.
Olson said the goal is to get community feedback and then move forward with local partners to make the needed changes.
“The next steps involve prioritizing the list, ranking the possibilities as long-term and short-term, and working with the regional transportation planning organization, Metroplan, to fund and implement those the community and planners agree should be done,” he said.
UPDATE: Here are some clearer pictures of the alternatives (click on the images for larger versions):