: Three engineering firms have been shortlisted to develop construction plans for this project. Staff expects to make a recommendation for award to the City Commission at its July 18 meeting.
The project will cost an estimated $1,672,000 from the general bond funds. Until such time as development requires the extension of Oakland Avenue and McKey Street further west, Taylor Street will continue to form the western boundary of the main downtown area and, with Franklin Street, serve as the path from the SR 429 interchange to downtown Ocoee. This project will continue the West Orange Trail Connector from Oakland Avenue to Franklin Street and add a traffic circle with gateway structure at the project terminal intersections located at McKey Street and Franklin Street. Kissimmee Avenue will be relocated away from the railroad tracks, where it presently shares a right of way between Floral Street and McKey Street. This project constructs the final segment of the West Orange Trail Connector along Franklin Street between the SR 429 interchange and Taylor Street. Plant Street sidewalks in Winter Garden would allow pedestrians to reach the West Orange Trail. A second, direct connection to the Trail at Chapin Station is proposed for construction after realignment of Silver Star Road.
General Fund Capital Bond Construction Schedule
ROW acquisitions are likely to be required for roundabouts and Kissimmee Ave realignment; Taylor St work includes Segment 2 of the West Orange Trail connector. The project scope also includes a major gateway at Bluford Ave. and Geneva St. intersection.