Orange County Government, Florida

Pine Hills Road Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Study

What is the Pine Hills Road Pedestrian/ Bicycle Safety Study?

Pine Hills is one of Orange County’s largest communities with a rich history as a family-oriented, pro-business and multicultural community. There is a variety of land uses along the corridor, including residential, commercial, retail, schools and office uses. Over the years, Pine Hills has experienced an increase in residential-to-commercial land use conversions which contribute to the pedestrian/bicycle safety challenges along the corridor. The Pine Hills Road Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Study is intended to identify opportunities for the implementation of safety improvements for people walking, bicycling, driving or taking the bus.

What are the Project Limits and Schedule?

The study area (Study Area Map)covers Pine Hills Road from State Road 50/West Colonial Drive to Bonnie Brae Circle, totaling approximately 3.6 miles. The Study is scheduled to take approximately one year (Project Schedule).

What does the project entail?

The County will develop alternatives and strategies that safely and efficiently accommodate the mobility needs of all users along this corridor. Key components include:

  • Special emphasis on the Silver Star Road and Pine Hills Road intersection, consistent with the Pine Hills Road Neighborhood Improvement Plan, by creating a safe, efficient and attractive gateway and associated amenities at the intersection;
  • Evaluation of crash trends/history, lighting conditions, signage/way-finding, modifications of the roadway typical section, access management and landscaping/aesthetics;
  • Development of multimodal recommendations that integrate safe walking and bicycling facilities, along and across the corridor, with other modes;
  • Identification of pedestrian/bicycle-friendly connections between the Pine Hills Road corridor to the LYNX SuperStop and Pine Hills Trail; and
  • Conversion of the 5-lane roadway into a 4-lane divided roadway.

Pine Hills Trail

The Pine Hills Trail represents approximately 8 miles of Orange County’s Trail Master Plan. The Trail project has three segments: Segment 1 – Alhambra Drive north to Silver Star Road; Segment 2 – Silver Star Road north to the Clarcona-Ocoee Road; and Segment 3 – Clarcona-Ocoee Road north to the Seminole-Wekiva Trail at the Orange-Seminole County line. Segment 3 was identified by the State of Florida Office of Greenways and Trails as a critical gap in the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. Construction of Segment 1 is currently underway. For more information on the Pine Hills Trail project, Click Here.

Public Involvement

Public involvement is a key component of the study, and a Public Involvement Plan has been developed to ensure continuous communication and feedback between the County and the community. The County will work closely with key local stakeholders, including the Pine Hills Neighborhood Improvement District Board, Pine Hills Community Council, Pine Hills Safe Neighborhoods Partnership, Orange County Public Schools, Evans High School, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Bike/Walk Central Florida, LYNX and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Public Involvement Plan

As part of public outreach, District 2 Commissioner Bryan Nelson, District 6 Commissioner Victoria Siplin and Orange County staff will host two consensus building workshops to obtain public input regarding safety improvement strategies and alternatives. Public meeting notices will be provided in advance of the meetings via newsletters, newspaper ads, study website, news releases, County Calendar and other media. Newsletters will be prepared in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole. The first community meeting has been scheduled:

Public Consensus Building Workshop # 1
Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 6 p.m.

(Open House at 6 pm; Formal Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Maynard Evans High School (Cafeteria)
4949 Silver Star Road
Orlando, FL 32808

 

The purpose of this workshop is to present the existing conditions analysis and preliminary safety strategies and to obtain community feedback on alternatives for viable pedestrian safety countermeasures.


Contact Us

In addition to the workshops, County staff is available for Small Group Meetings. If you would like to request a small group meeting or be added to the Master mailing/emailing list, please contact us.


Mrs. Anoch Whitfield, AICP
Orange County, Project Manager
Email: anoch.whitfield@ocfl.net
Phone: 407-836-0225
Fax: 407-836-8079


En Español:

Sra. Esther Fernandez-Cañizares
Correo Electrónico: Esther.Fernandez@ocfl.net
Teléfono: 407-836-7982
Fax: 407-836-8024


An Keyol:

Mr. Celestin Pierre
Email: Celestin.Pierre@ocfl.net
Phone: 407-836-7873
Fax: 407-836-7839

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