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If you’re from Orlando or have ever visited the area, chances are you’ve walked on International Drive. And, chances are you’ve had to cross the street. As one of the busiest commercial areas in Orlando and home to countless tourist attractions, I-Drive is constantly packed with people on the move.
While locals and tourists alike are nervous crossing the frenzied road, rest assured that there is a team of people working to keep you safe.
Significant changes are coming to the I-Drive corridor to help make the streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians.
At a recent meeting in May, the I-Drive Pedestrian Safety Committee reviewed the improvements already under construction, and which crosswalks will soon get an upgrade. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office proudly reported pedestrian crashes are down for the first three months of 2019. Deputies are increasing traffic enforcement, and they recently held a crosswalk crackdown, also known as Operation BFF at International Drive and Westwood Blvd.
Here are a few construction highlights:
Improvements in the works
Improvements under discussion:
About I-Drive Pedestrian Safety Committee:
For the last 20 months, the committee has worked to identify the most pressing issues involving crosswalks in the I-Drive corridor. The committee includes members from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Public Works, Duke Energy, I-Drive District, Best Foot Forward, MetroPlan Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center. The group created a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan that has already seen a number of successes including:
Best Foot Forward is proud to work with our partner organizations to effect real change, thus making streets and sidewalks safer for people who walk, bike and drive.