Corrine Drive is becoming the issue du jour for urban design fans, Audubon Park residents and the City. For years a group called the Corrine Calming Coalition (Facebook | Website) has been lobbying the City to redraw the road by removing lanes and favoring pedestrians over cars.
The road is sitting on top of a mountain of an aging haystack of electric and water pipework in need of serious updating. The City and County have been avoiding construction on the road for years, as the price tag to replace the existing infrastructure will undoubtedly be steep.
The Coalition had an asphalt assessment of Corrine from General Reese to North Bumby and found that it was five years overdue for repaving with a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of 43 (That’s poor to very poor condition). According to the study, the longer the delays on the repair work, the more expensive the cost, which could mean an increase of $130,000 for each year it’s delayed.
Corrine Drive is a county road, and was originally constructed to service heavy equipment on the way to the Naval Training Center from 17-92. It was built before the area was even part of Orlando. The City told Bungalower this past week that it is working with the County to transfer ownership of the road away from the County to improve its overall features from the ground up, and improve the safety of commuters and nearby residents.
According to the City, there have been 82 crashes along Corrine since 2012, involving over 153 vehicles, resulting in injuries to 26 people and two fatalities.
Yet according to the Corrine Calming Coalition, when the City put in traffic islands back in the ’80s, with the County’s blessing, they agreed to be responsible for the ongoing maintenance the road. The recent resurfacing of the “s-corner” of Corrine/Virginia leading to Audubon Park was in response to concerns voiced by City residents regarding the safety of the overall road conditions, and has reaffirmed the City’s responsibility to keeping that corridor updated and safe.
According to City spokeswoman, Cassandra Lafser, the City is supportive of complete street efforts (Edgewater Drive was recently hailed as a national model of complete street efforts) and is considering applying to a grant to explore the effects of such an initiative on Corrine Drive. The grant would allow the City to bring in a Complete Street expert to create a demonstration project that would look at temporary changes to the streetscape along the corridor.
The City Planning department created a very informal mock-up of what a complete street would look like in Audubon Park to start the discussion, years ago. The following graphic is not a design document or an official plan.
The next step for the City are to get input from the community, conduct a planning study of the corridor, and speak with nearby business and residents.
The following is a draft of what the Coalition would like to see happen along Corrine.