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Downtown Orlando and the surrounding areas continue to see an increase of pedestrian activity with more residential development, the arrival the UCF/ Valencia Downtown Campus, and numerous sports and entertainment events. With this growth, Transportation Engineering has the goal of improving pedestrian infrastructure within downtown to ensure accessibility for all users. Through a grant from FDOT, the city will make improvements to 37 signalized intersections to enhance pedestrian safety in downtown, including: upgrading crosswalks, reconstructing curb ramps, adding audible messaging, and optimizing signal timings.
Proposed improvements include:
- Reconstructing curb ramps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Installing accessible pedestrian signal push buttons to be ADA compliant and provide access to the visually impaired using the intersections.
- Replacing crosswalks to align with the new curb ramps.
- Optimizing signal timing to provide necessary crossing time for pedestrians.
Design work is expected to take place from September, 2018 to April, 2019.