Posted on: August 20, 2013
Mayor Dyer of Orlando is getting the city moving with the launch of the North International Drive Improvement Project on July 9th. The project is aimed at improving the large economic activity center along International Drive from Universal Boulevard to Oak Ridge Road. The major roadway currently experiences high periods of congestion; the redesign will alleviate existing traffic, repair the roadway, improve safety for various transit methods, and more importantly, prepare for the future growth of Orlando.
The International Drive roadway is an important part of Orlando tourism; it leads to several tourist destinations and accommodations. Although the project has a focus on improving tourism traffic it isn’t the only item of importance. Objectives of the project address the need for improved pedestrian safety and better transportation options; wider sidewalks and dedicated bus lanes are major highlights. The city of Orlando is expecting an increase in economic competitiveness due to the improved appearance of the roadway and the surrounding landscape.
Take a look at the list of improvements from the City of Orlando::
- Minor widening within the right-of-way to create a dedicated lane for buses and right turns
- Pavement rehabilitation and resurfacing
- Closing or modifying unsignalized median openings
- New bicycle lanes
- New steel mast arm traffic signals
- Intelligent Transportation System improvements
- New 10-foot wide sidewalks where right-of-way is available
- New landscaping
Construction has recently started on the 1.5 mile stretch and is expected to be completed towards the end of 2014. Check out the media release here.
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