: The Bluford Avenue Reconstruction Project was awarded to Oelrich Construction, Inc. of Jonesville, FL. Currently Bluford Avenue is blocked and closed down due to construction related activities from Lafayette Street to Delaware Street. Work will commence in this area until February 2018 and continue north on Bluford Avenue two blocks at a time leading up to Silver Star Road. Upon this project’s completion, the overall aesthetics will usher in the overall direction of Downtown Ocoee. The completion of this project will also enhance the underground utilities; and include beautiful landscaping and fixtures from Silver Star Road to Delaware Avenue.
The Bluford Avenue Reconstruction Project will cost a total of $9,680,000 of which $4,280,000 comes from general bond funds, $2,400,000 comes from the utility bond funds, and $3,000,000 comes from the stormwater utility revenues. The project consists of reconstructing Bluford Avenue from Delaware Street to Silver Star Road concurrent with the installation of water and sanitary sewer utilities, stormwater management, and roadside landscaping. Additionally, $800,000 to have the powerlines installed underground.
Bluford Avenue is the central transportation facility for north bound and south bound traffic through the city of Ocoee; extending from Old Winter Garden Road south of Ocoee to Silver Star Road north of Ocoee and through its functional extension as Lakewood Avenue to the SR 429 interchange at Clarcona-Ocoee Road. The intent of the streetscape project is to develop a boulevard appearance, after construction of the utilities and stormwater facilities, that will support adjacent higher density development.
General Fund Capital Bond Construction Schedule
Using the "Construction Manager at Risk" method, the preliminary design should be completed by the time construction funding is available. The project will include a portion of the Downtown Gravity Sewer and the Master Downtown Stormwater system pipeline installation.