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Last updated on November 15, 2021
The City of Orlando is working to realign and improve roadway connectivity with the extension of Hicks Avenue, south of South Street, to Anderson Street. In coordination with this project, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will be designing and constructing the extension of Hicks Avenue from Anderson Street to Gore Street. These joint efforts will create a locally focused complete street that is welcoming to pedestrians and bicyclists while providing for greater connectivity through a restored grid. This project will reconnect a neighborhood previously divided by the I-4/S.R. 408 interchange and provide residents with a neighborhood street that supports further residential development.
The design for Hicks Avenue from South Street to Anderson Street consists of a two-lane road with a shared use path on the east side and a sidewalk on the west side. Other improvements include:
The project also includes converting Terry Avenue to one-way northbound, from Anderson Street to South Street, and realigning it to connect directly with Terry Avenue on the north side of South Street, to improve traffic operations.
The complete streets design continues with the Florida Department of Transportation project from Anderson Street to Gore Street, which will include roundabouts at Carter Street and at Conley Street/Callahan Drive, landscaping, on-street parking and pedestrian crossings that will promote lower travel speeds and improve safety for all users - motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. This project will also connect Long Street and Willis Street to the new Hicks Avenue, create a cul-de-sac at the north end of Eresken Avenue and add a stormwater pond southwest of the intersection of Carter Street and Hicks Avenue.
The construction of Hicks Avenue from Anderson Street to Gore Street was originally proposed as part of the I-4 Ultimate Project. FDOT recognized the city’s vision for an urban north/south corridor through the district, with a complete streets design, and the opportunity to reconnect a historic neighborhood and restore the street grid while improving connectivity, increasing travel options and helping to alleviate congestion on the surrounding streets. This opportunity was created by the removal of the I-4/S.R. 408 interchange ramps adjacent to Griffin Park and Z.L. Riley Park, west of Division Avenue.
This project is supported by the 2015 Parramore Neighborhood Comprehensive Plan, which recommended a north/south connection (identified in the plan as the extension of Terry Avenue). The extension and construction of Hicks Avenue provides that connection without requiring any private property or additional right-of-way. The general goals of the Parramore Neighborhood Comprehensive Plan are to improve public health, increase mobility options and connectivity, revitalize physical appearance and increase opportunities for neighborhood-serving businesses within the historic Parramore community. The plan was based on the six livability principles established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, one of which is to provide more transportation choices.
Project construction will result in some impact to the roadways. Detours will be posted to route traffic to adjacent, open corridors. More information will be available once the construction schedule has been established.
Michelle Beamon Robinson, AICP
Edgar “Ed” Bryant