ORLANDO, Fla .– At the end of the year, people looking to wash a Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream Cone with a Gideon’s Bakehouse Cookie won’t have to avoid traffic to do so.
After more than a decade of talks for better pedestrian connectivity along Corrine Drive, hope is looming on the horizon in the form of a crosswalk.
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Jennifer Marvel, executive director of Audubon Park Garden District, said a new crosswalk near East End Market would provide a safer way for people to get from one side of the neighborhood to the other.
“A street has to be designed for the way people live their lives and there should be no hope that people will get out of their way in the heat and rain when the crosswalk is two blocks away. homes, ”Marvel said.
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As it stands, she says, people are choosing to avoid traffic to cross the road instead of using the nearest crosswalk at Winter Park Road.
She said the neighborhood had been pushing for better accessibility in the area for at least 11 years and had made a concentrated effort to push for a crosswalk near East End Market since it opened in 2013.
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“It’s a natural place for people to cross the street,” she says.
Marvel said the crosswalk, which was part of MetroPlan Orlando’s “Corrine Drive Complete Streets” study, will feature buttons that people will press to trigger a red light to stop traffic.
The layout will appear familiar to anyone who has used the crosswalk to get from downtown Winter Park to Rollins College across Fairbanks Avenue or from one side of Bennett Road to the other at the Cady Way Trail near Baldwin Park.
Marvel said the crosswalk will be installed and maintained by the City of Orlando, but the Audubon Park Garden District will work to decorate it with native plants and art, in line with the crossing for Swan patterned pedestrians in Thornton Park.
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Marvel said design work for the crosswalk is underway by Metric Engineering, with construction scheduled to begin in late fall of this year, and be completed by the end of the year.
The City of Orlando said the crosswalk is still under design, so they don’t yet have a specific cost estimate or timeline for the construction.
The Audubon Park Garden District is hosting a workshop to discuss the design of the crosswalk on May 6 at 6 p.m. at Redlight Redlight. Click here for more information.