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6 x August 3 - 16, 2017 x While concerned citizens could not agree on a preferred “fix” to Sand Lake Road, west of Interstate 4, there was unanimous agreement at a fall community meeting that something needs to be done to relieve the congestion and traffic. “I did not hear anyone say they didn’t want us to do anything,” said Anoch Whitfield, Orange County project manager, about the feedback the county received during the first community meeting, at which about 80 people attended. “We heard views about different improvements.” Since that meeting, the Orange County Transportation Planning Division has completed a study of Sand Lake Road, from Apopka- Vineland Road to Turkey Lake Road. The data collection, some analysis and preliminary alternatives have been considered. Currently, 67,200 vehicles travel on Sand Lake Road between I-4 and Turkey Lake Road. From Turkey Lake Road to Dr. Phillips Boulevard, 49,000 make the journey daily, and 30,200 GROWING GAINS travel from Dr. Phillips Boulevard to Apopka-Vineland Road. The heaviest congestion is at Dr. Phillips Boulevard, heading & PAINS Sand Lake Road Study Underway Dr. Phillips’ Busiest Road May Soon See Improvements by Debra Wood Orange County officials are examining data and determining the best way to improve traffic conditions along Sand Lake Road. westbound, with about one-third of the traffic trying to turn right at Dr. Phillips Boulevard. From 2012 through 2015, 859 motor vehicle accidents occurred, with the highest number (203) happening between The Fountains and Dr. Phillips Boulevard. More than one-half were rear-end crashes, followed by leftturn accidents, and fewer than 1 percent involved a pedestrian or bicycle. The study also included identifying improvements to Wallace Road, because it was the closest parallel road. It carries about 14,700 vehicles daily between Turkey Lake Road and Dr. Phillips Boulevard. Those improvements, including medians and turn lanes near the intersection of Dr. Phillips Boulevard, will begin this fall. The study began in May 2016. The county sought suggestions from the public. People from local neighborhoods, civic organizations and businesses are participating in a Study Advisory Group. “We had a good dialogue and feedback,” Whitfield said. Recommendations will be presented to the Orange County Local Planning Agency and then the

Orange County Board of County Commissioners, who, ultimately, will make the final decision. The first option under consideration is to leave the road as it is. The second and preferred option is to make operational improvements to the north and south sides of the 1.3-mile corridor, such as adding continuous right-lane turns and improving access and widening the median in front of The Fountains and Plaza Venezia shopping complexes between Turkey Lake Road and Dr. Phillips Boulevard. On the western portion, from Dr. Phillips Boulevard to Apopka-Vineland Road, the county is considering a widened sidewalk on the south side that would extend to near Turkey Lake Road. “We heard consistently [about] the operational project,” said Brian Sanders, chief transportation planner at the county. Many of the people who attended the meeting favored this operational improvement plan. x August 3 - 16, 2017 x 7 The third alternative is a full reconstruction, building additional lanes, so there would be three lanes in each direction from Turkey Lake to Apopka-Vineland roads with bike lanes and the wide sidewalk on the south side, as well as an opportunity for transit. Some in attendance said they do not see many people walking in the area and thought wider sidewalks would be a waste of money. However, the county observed more than 300 people walking and bicycling in the area during a two-day survey taken in September 2015 and May 2016. The board of county commissioners has approved the operational improvements. Design should begin in 2018, after a consultant is hired. Sanders does not anticipate needing to purchase right-of-way, so construction can begin when the design is completed, about one year after the design contract is let. For more information or to send county planners your thoughts, visit ª YOUR DIGITAL MARKETING PARTNER Social Services Web site Design Social Media Management Web Development Text Management Responsive Site Design E-mail Newsletters Interactive Blog Writing Lead Capturing Features Target Marketing Reporting and Analytics Mobile Search Geo Fencing Retargeting SEO / SEM Text Message Marketing Your Full Service Digital Partner At Cornerstone Digital, we know the decision to invest in digital marketing solutions can be a big and daunting one, but we are here to make it easier. Our marketing consultants educate business owners and marketers to help them to make the best decision for their company and their marketing needs. Contact us today! We’d love to help your business find success Register for a FREE digital evaluation today at Legal Areas of Practice By our Team of Attorneys Administrative Advance Directives Bankruptcy Business Buy / Sell Contracts Commercial Contracts Corporation Criminal Employment Estate Planning Family Law Guardianship Litigation Last Wills Medicaid Powers Of Attorney Pre-Nuptials Probate Real Estate Special Needs Title & Closings Trusts Trademark Estate Planning Wills, Trusts, Probate, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Pre-Need Guardians, Trust Administration, Pet (Animal) Trusts Probate With or without a Last Will, in order to obtain assets, pay debts and taxes and distribute remaining assets to the heirs or beneficiaries, the deceased’s estate requires the assistance of an attorney to manage the court supervised administration. Corporation & Business Law Contracts, Start-ups, Purchase or Sales, Corporations (Inc.), Limited Liability Companies (LLC’s), Trademarks, Copyrights, Franchise Agreements Real Estate Closings, Title Insurance, Sales & Purchases, Leases, Contract Review, Contract Preparation (407)363-9020 Offices: Orlando Credit Cards Accepted Kristen Jackson Attorney At Law