The International Drive Pedestrian Overpass Intersection Analysis and Overpass Conceptual Design Study (Study) is being undertaken to create an iconic feature that enhances pedestrian and bicycle safety at the busy intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road. The study will propose appropriate end treatments/approaches transversely across the intersection.
Conceptual design alternatives that serve as a functional pedestrian/bicycle crossing and an aesthetic gateway to the International Drive District will be considered. The Study will evaluate and recommend measures to preserve existing street level cross walks, drainage, lighting, signage, signalization and major utility relocation improvements that will address the existing and future demands of all modes of transportation.
This aesthetic gateway design will contemplate other special treatments to draw motorists’ awareness to the architectural significance of the I-4 and Sand Lake Road Interchange improvements. The Study will recommend features that establish a relationship with the iconic features being planned for the interchange.
New Pedestrian Overpass serving the four corners of the International Drive and Sand Lake Road intersection.
The study began in Spring 2022 and is anticipated to be complete in Spring 2023.
The County will hold two community meetings, a local planning agency (LPA) hearing, and a Board of County Commissioners (BCC) hearing for the study. Additionally, the County will conduct up to five Project Advisory Group meetings. Informational meetings for small groups will be held if requested. The meetings and hearings will be conducted via the World Wide Web or, as appropriate, in person, in-line with County policy and the informational, health and safety needs of the community.
The first community meeting is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2022. At this meeting, the County will present and receive comments on a range of improvement options that could be applied to the intersection. The second community meeting is tentatively scheduled for Winter 2022. The purpose of the second meeting is to present the study recommendation of the preferred alternative to the public for review and comment prior to the presentation to the local planning agency and Board of County Commissioners.
The local planning agency and the BCC hearings are anticipated to be conducted shortly after the second community meeting. At these hearings, the County staff will present the study’s final recommendations for consideration and approval by the County.
Each community meeting and hearing will be advertised at least two (2) weeks before each date through the study newsletter (mailings and emails), newspaper advertisements (Orlando Sentinel and El Sentinel), study website and County press releases.
Blanche Hardy, P.G., ARM
Orange County Community, Environmental and Development Services Department
4200 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando FL 32839
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