“Hey Bungalower, what’s the plan for Lake Ivanhoe in regards to I-4 Ultimate? Will there be walk ways?” – Bungalower Reader

According to our contacts at the Florida Department of Transportation, there will be a number of pedestrian access points under the interstate as it crosses through Ivanhoe Village.

Construction will begin near the intersection of Lakeview Street and West Ivanhoe Boulevard before continuing in other segments, as indicated below.

Work on the west end of Ivanhoe Boulevard will begin near the intersection of Lakeview Street and West Ivanhoe Boulevard, where they will construct a 10-foot wide concrete sidewalk along West Ivanhoe Boulevard (south side of the lake) that ties into existing sidewalk on the west end.

The sidewalk continues east under the interstate eastbound I-4 slip road from westbound Magnolia Avenue. From there the sidewalk crosses south over Magnolia Avenue, wrapping around the west end of Senator Beth Johnson Park and the soon-to-be-constructed Holocaust Museum, before connecting to existing sidewalks on S. Ivanhoe Boulevard.

The 10-foot wide sidewalk is being planned to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

The parking lot under I-4, along Ivanhoe Boulevard, will be completely reconfigured but will continue to provide access to Lake Ivanhoe for recreational activities. Boats and other watercraft will still be permitted on the lake and allowed to pass under the interstate. Lights will be installed under the bridge for safety.

The existing sidewalk along south side of West Ivanhoe Boulevard will be replaced with another multi-use 10-foot wide sidewalk running from Central Christian Church to the back entrance to the Gateway Center building at 1000 Legion Place [GMap].

FDOT will be replacing the existing sidewalk under the interstate on either side of New Hampshire Street under I-4, with an eight-foot-wide multi-use path to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians. Lights will be installed under the bridge for safety.

Finally, Gurtler Court will also be getting an eight-foot multi-use path along the northbound lane.

The fountains pictured in the rendering above will not actually be installed. Both the City of Orlando and the Florida Department of Transportation decided to remove the fountains in favor of maximizing the recreational use of the lake and to remove any possible hazards.

The proposed renderings are expected to change further, in regards to landscaping.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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