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The City has received word that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will fund the project and Seminole County has given the City permission to move ahead with the project. The design plans are currently being revised to meet FDOT standards for construction, and FDOT is programming the project for construction in their next fiscal year, which begins in July 2017. After July, FDOT will bid the project and begin construction, and as the City receives an updated timeline that information will be posted here.
The Ronald Reagan Blvd. context sensitive improvements project is a product of the Heritage Village Redevelopment Strategy prepared by AECOM in 2012 and designed by Kimley-Horn and Associates under a $422,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). See a project rendering, and a draft landscape plan for the Ronald Reagan and Church Ave. intersection here. The project boundary is between SR 434 and Palmetto Ave. and includes context sensitive improvements such as the reduction of lane widths (while maintaining the same number of lanes) to reduce the crossing distance and increase pedestrian safety as well as 7-foot wide buffered bike lanes. In addition, the project will provide 46 on-street parking spaces along Ronald Reagan Blvd. which will support local businesses and city events while providing an extra buffer for pedestrians.