Virginia Drive Study

Virginia Drive

The City of Orlando is studying Virginia Drive, from North Orange Avenue to North Mills Avenue, to understand current right-of-way (ROW) constraints and design the ultimate cross section for the roadway, while implementing the vision of the Virginia Drive Special Plan, based on the Virginia /Lake Highland Transportation and Land Use Study.

The intent is to understand if there is a need for any additional ROW along the corridor so that as properties are redeveloped additional ROW may be set aside as needed for the future construction of a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly Virginia Drive.

The study will also provide a list of possible interim improvements that can be made along the corridor while the city assembles the ROW needed for the ultimate improvements.

The study area is a mixed use/commercial area; most of it is located within the Ivanhoe Village Main Street District, with the easternmost block located within the Mills 50 Main Street District. This section of roadway was included in the Virginia Drive/Lake Highland Transportation & Land Use Study, which was presented to the City of Orlando Municipal Planning Board. In 2017, this study envisioned Virginia Drive as a pedestrian-priority street with an active public realm, and recommended the following improvements:

  • Dedicated space for bicycles, such as bike lanes, buffered bike lanes or a cycle track
  • Green parkway
  • On-street parking
  • Wider sidewalks
  • Street trees
  • Streetscape amenities
  • Underground utilities
  • Buildings fronting the street with parking behind them