Pedestrian crossing

Pedestrian crossing sign near busy intersection at UCF.

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners approved the findings of a pedestrian safety study for the University of Central Florida and Alafaya Trail on Nov. 29.

The study, prepared by Luke Transportation Engineering Consultants, was meant to develop effective safety measures that will help reduce the number of car accidents with pedestrians and bicycles around the UCF area. The study examined Alafaya Trail, University Boulevard and McCulloch Road.

Part of their recommended improvement plan suggests building wider sidewalks, pedestrian fencing in medians and wider marked bike lanes. 

Total cost estimates for all approved measures come to about $7,760,600.

Phase I would focus on a number of these suggestions, such as adding landscaping between the sidewalk and the curb, adding UCF signage, enhancing the intersection at Alafaya Trail and University Boulevard and adding mid-block crosswalks with textured or colored pavement.

This phase would cost an estimated $2,928,867 as well as an annual recurring cost of $192,000.

Phase II would involve enhancements to the minor intersections and smaller changes outside the immediate UCF area.

According to the study, has $358,000 saved up for the project and has committed to putting in $4 million. It is up to the Florida Department of Transportation, UCF and other companies to foot the rest of the bill. 

Originally published Dec. 8, 2016.

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