Plans to widen Narcoossee Road from four to six lanes between the Beachline and Highway 417 are still on schedule with improvements set to begin in January 2019. In addition to expanding Narcoossee’s road capacity, we will redesign the intersections at Lake Nona Boulevard, Moss Park Road and Dowden Road to better accommodate today’s traffic patterns.
Final engineering is complete, and construction bids will be procured in the next two months. In the meantime, expect to start seeing isolated construction projects along the route as contractors begin to relocate utility and communication lines in preparation for the road construction in January.
Our city traffic engineers continue working with Orange County and the Central Florida Expressway authorities to explore options to improve traffic flow in all directions at the Narcoossee Road/417 interchange. We recognize this as a major access point that often creates traffic congestion and gridlock.
Finally, please understand that all the professionals involved in this expansion recognize the importance of Narcoossee Road to our local traffic flow. They have assured me every effort will be made to keep traffic moving as efficiently as possible during construction, and I pledge to monitor their efforts to make sure that happens.
As area businesses continue to open and new home subdivisions start construction, we have an increasing number of signs being placed in the right-of-way along our streets. I certainly recognize this is a quick, inexpensive way to advertise, but the City of Orlando has an ordinance prohibiting the placement of these signs. Experience tells us that if our Code Enforcement team does not pick up these signs quickly, then the number of signs grows exponentially. I encourage everyone to please follow the rules and let’s keep our neighborhoods free from the clutter of signs on every corner.
It’s election time, so I encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote! Here’s wishing you a very healthy and happy remainder of 2018!
City of Orlando Commissioner Jim Gray can be reached by email at Jim.Gray@CityofOrlando.net or by calling his office at 407-246-2001.