The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public meeting regarding project plans on North Orange Avenue from Magnolia Avenue to north of Rollins Street on Wednesday, August 17, at 5:30 p.m.
The purpose of the road project, according to an FDOT press release, is to make improvements that will encourage slower driving speeds, allow for more on-street parking, and enhance safety for pedestrians, while trying to maintain “acceptable traffic flow.”
The project is recommending pedestrian enhancements like raised crosswalks and raised intersections at various locations along the corridor, though the exact locations were not available at the time of this post. Other safety improvements could include cur extensions and floating islands to shorten pedestrian crossing distances and to help define existing on-street parking.
This segment of North Orange Avenue will be repaved as well as receive traffic signal improvements, new signage and pavement markings, and sidewalk curb ramp reconstructions to make it more ADA accessible. The design phase is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023 with construction taking place in early 2024.
The Department is offering multiple ways for the community to participate in the meeting, including a free virtual option from a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Advance registration is required by clicking HERE. Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting online. You can also phone in by dialing 877-309-2071 and entering the passcode 489-014-778 when prompted.
The in-person meeting will take place at the Orlando Science Center, with parking provided in the parking garage.