Orlando Urban Trail Gap and Extension Project

Last updated on August 06, 2021

Cyclist on the Orlando Urban Trail

As part of our continued efforts to expand our bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and improve safety, connectivity and accessibility, the City of Orlando is working to complete the Orlando Urban Trail Gap and Extension Project. The Orlando Urban Trail is a crucial part of the city’s trail network and makes up the northwestern leg of the Downtown Loop.

This project will add to the city’s off-street trail network by closing the gap between the Colonial Drive Overpass and Magnolia Avenue and extending the trail south of downtown Orlando to Michigan Street.

The fabric of livable communities are mixed-use neighborhoods and activity centers, supported by balanced, multimodal transportation service that provide our residents, workers and visitors with choices. Completing this project will provide commuters and recreational riders with an enjoyable, safe, and convenient way to get around the city.

 

This portion of the project will close the existing gap in the Orlando Urban Trail, providing a continuous, off-street connection from downtown Orlando to Winter Park. 

A new 10-foot-wide shared use path will be built along the west side of Orange Avenue from the Colonial Drive Overpass north to Marks Street, cross Orange Avenue diagonally at Marks Street, continue north along the east side of Orange Avenue across Weber Street, then extend east along the north side of Weber Street to Magnolia Avenue.

In addition to high emphasis crosswalks (green trail crossings) at three intersections, the new trail segment will include widened sidewalks, increased landscaping, enhanced wayfinding signage, underground utilities and a new traffic signal at Magnolia Avenue and Weber Street. 

 
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CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE  

Work is expected to start in mid- to late-August 2021, with the section on the west side of Orange Avenue, south of Marks Street. Work will be performed in phases, in coordination with utility work planned within the same area. The trail is expected to be completed in June 2022.   

LIFT STATION 2 FORCE MAIN AND OUC WATER MAIN IMPROVEMENTS 

In coordination with Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), the City of Orlando Public Works Department will be constructing a new sanitary force main, potable water main, raw water main, gravity sewer improvements and OUC electric duct bank, within part of the same area as the Orlando Urban Trail Gap, on Orange Avenue and on Weber Street. This project is expected to start in the spring of 2022 and take approximately 30 months to complete.  

CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS 

The first phase of construction, along Orange Avenue, will require the closure of the westernmost lane of Orange Avenue between Marks Street and Park Lake Street. A dual lane closure may be required at times, but would start after 9:30 a.m. Commuters may experience slight travel delays.  

As part of the project, on-street parking will be permanently removed from the west side of Orange Avenue between Marks Street and Colonial Drive and reduced on the south side of Weber Street between Orange Avenue and Magnolia Avenue. 

Driveways or entrances may be impacted temporarily as the project progresses. Should this occur, the contractor will coordinate with residential complexes and businesses to help maintain access. 

Work hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The contractor will have the option to work on Saturdays. 

 

 

This portion of the project will extend the Orlando Urban Trail south, improving bicycle and pedestrian connectivity for residents, workers and visitors between downtown Orlando and SoDo District, including to the Orlando Health campus and  SunRail and Amtrak service.  

Construction is underway to build a 10-foot-wide shared use path on the east side of Division Avenue between Gore Street and Michigan Street, with a trail spur on the south side of Columbia Street, east of Division Avenue. The new trail segment will feature decorative patterned crosswalks, improved landscaping, public art and glow-in-the-dark pavement panels.

Construction Schedule

Construction on the Orlando Urban Trail Extension started in April 2021 and is expected to be completed by April 2022. 

Construction Impacts

Division Avenue will remain open throughout construction, but please prepare for detours, lane closures and lane shifts as crews, equipment and vehicles will be present.

There may be times when an entrance or driveway to a business is impacted temporarily during construction. Should this occur, the contractor will coordinate with the business to maintain access to the area.

To accommodate the new trail segment, there will be permanent changes and restrictions to the parking/storage of vehicles, equipment and dumpsters within the public right-of-way.

Work hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may have the option to work on weekends.