Innovation Way / Alafaya Trail East Orlando Update (Version 2.4)

July 20, 2008 at 12:03 pm 6 comments

UPDATE:  May 2010 – Alafaya Trail Extension is open and connected to the 528

First, lets get some background  on what Innovation Way is according to Orange County, FL:
Innovation Way I
Background & Purpose horizontalbarThe purpose of this project is to enhance the public transportation network and provide safe and efficient flow of vehicular traffic within the East Orange County area.
This project will include the construction of a 4-lane urban roadway on new alignment from a location approximately 1,000 feet north of the Beachline Expressway ( SR 528 ) to the intersection of Alafaya Trail and Avalon Park Boulevard.
This new urban road will also feature sidewalks, on-road bike paths and a closed drainage system.horizontalbarProject Limits
This project extends from north of the Beachline Expressway ( SR 528 ) to Avalon Park Boulevard, a distance of approximately 4.81 miles.
Estimated Project Costs
Roadway: $22,805,325.75
Utilities:    $7,293,627.50

Now that we have a bit of background… lets examine what this $30 million is going to do for us East Orlando Residents:
1. Enhance public transportation-
What is this??? A bus that picks up no one and takes them to Waterford Lakes Town Center or a bus that picks up shoppers and takes them to a dead end?
2. Provide efficient flow of traffic- hmm… this is a dead end road that stops somewhere short of SR 528. Although this dead end road has bike lanes (I do love these!) and sidewalks, to my knowledge, drivers, bicyclists, and walkers are possibly going to get great views of power lines, a power plant, and perhaps even a jail.

Now you are probably saying- Dawn, that’s not fair of you. Of course, there is the interchange being built to connect Innovation Way/Alafaya Trail traffic onto SR 528- or at least a service road that will connect our new dead end to an existing interchange!
Or is there??? There is nothing of the sort within the Orange County Government site. So I decided to write to some officials.

1. District 4 Commissioner Linda Stewart- Remember the quote last year: “Orange County has spent $26 million to expand Alafaya Trail and we’re not going to have it go down the drain to a dead end.” “… soon after March or April of 2008, we will be able to drive down Alafaya to the Beachline.”  Well I remember that ( not that I particularly care to drive down a dead end to nowhere road by April 2008 ) and wrote to her anyway. She quickly deferred me to the transportation dept. (to whom I had already written and told her of that fact in my letter). Thanks for that help!

2. Several members of the Public Transportation Department- I found two of these officials to be quite helpful with my enquiry: Mr. Brian Sanders and Mr. Jim Harrison.

And now, drum roll please…   Version 2.4 Update is:
“The proposed completion date for the new interchange at Alafaya Trail/Innovation Way is May 2010.  Of course, it is a complex project, and the schedule may change over time.
We are currently working with the property owner to have a connection to the existing interchange at Dallas open sooner, but we haven’t completed negotiations on that so we can’t provide any proposed completion date.”

And there you have it.

Links to previous versions of Innovation Way Updates:
Innovation Way – East Orlando’s Longest Dead End Road
East Orlando’s Innovation Way (Alafaya Trail) Update
Alafaya Trail Extension Innovation Way Update January 2008
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  • 1. Chris Honour  |  July 25, 2008 at 10:32 am

    More import than the link to Innovation Way, is the connection to the Beach Line Express. On the Express Way Authority’s website they have limited information regarding this official project, but it does state that construction will start in late 2008 or 2009.

    http://www.oocea.com/Corporate/oursystem/SR528/Projects.aspx

    “SR 528 Dallas Boulevard Plaza Construction

    The Expressway Authority is building a new $34 million Dallas Boulevard Express Lane Plaza approximately seven miles east of the SR 528 Main Plaza. The Dallas Boulevard Plaza is being designed in conjunction with the Innovation Way project, in particular to accommodate westbound SR 528 traffic that would be exiting at Innovation Way prior to the SR 528 Main Plaza. Construction on this project is scheduled to begin in late 2008 or early 2009. “

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  • 2. dawnpratt  |  July 25, 2008 at 11:00 am

    From that information, I see that we will have a way to exit the 528 and get off at Dallas Road coming from the Cocoa Beach area.
    However, I do not see any info about traffic relief from Alafaya Trail to Eastbound or Westbound 528.
    map:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=dallas+road+%26+SR+528,+orlando,+florida&ie=UTF8&ll=28.497661,-81.126137&spn=0.125819,0.299377&z=12

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  • 3. rjbush  |  August 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Is there any plan to connect Avalon Park Blvd extension (Alafaya extension) to the interchange at International Corporate Park? Seems like that would be the easiest entry point to 528 without having to go all the way east to Dallas Rd.

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  • 4. ALEX  |  August 19, 2008 at 8:13 am

    The delays in finishing or conecting this road to the 528, reversing the middle and high school times and others, are nothing more but ways to slap our hands for voting to cut property tax. I drive one hour each way every day and I see the waste of paving roads that are in good shape, planting pine trees in front of wooded areas, landscaping zones that will be destroy for futher construction, etc. Our goverment officials (Dems or GOP) are making sure that the speending cap proposed by CHrlie Christ never comes to life. We have primary elections on August 26 and then in November. Think twice before you stay home and do not vote!!!!

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