For years now people have been advocating for a better Corrine Drive. A road that was designed to transport military vehicles, including tanks, into a military base that is long gone needs an update for the twenty-first century. The five lanes, narrow on street parking and two plazas with shops set behind parking lots, give off an expansive feeling, encouraging drivers to speed on to their destinations. As Bungalower researched over a year ago, Corrine Drive is home to far too many traffic accidents and at least one fatality.
Enter Metroplan. Metroplan had been looking for a complete streets project to tackle in Central Florida and decided Corrine Drive was a good place to start.
What are complete streets? Complete streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.
With multiple governments interested and involved with Corrine Drive (Orange County owns the road, the City of Orlando is charged with maintaining the road, and the City of Winter Park also feels it has a stake in the road), Metroplan felt Corrine Drive would be a worthy case study. And how.
Metroplan’s first fact sheet was released last week to the public. In it, they address what they’ll be considering when studying Corrine Drive. According to Metroplan, their project objectives are to:
- Enhance connectivity and accessibility between all modes of transportation, activity centers, and neighborhoods surrounding Corrine Drive
- Create a safe and supportive environment for walking and cycling
- Close gaps in regional bicycle infrastructure
- Create a vision and plan to enhance the corridor without impacting residential neighborhoods
Metroplan will not only work with local government and other agencies such as Bike Walk Central Florida, but will conduct outreach to get input on what area stakeholders (residents, business owners, property owners and more) would like to see in an improved road.
The first public outreach will take place in Spring 2017, with a final report being issued in Spring 2018.