Proposal needs to deal with Tenting World Stadium visitors issues

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From concerts to games, events at Camping World Stadium draw tens of thousands of people to downtown Orlando. But it also leads to traffic jams and long queues of cars. On Thursday, the Central Florida Expressway Authority and the City of Orlando presented the community with a plan that could transform the way you drive and walk at Camping World. There is a lot of excitement about reducing traffic. But those who attended the meeting were also very concerned that any changes will benefit people who live nearby and not just drive by. Camping World is uniquely located near many houses. Several attendees at Thursday’s mess-fix meeting told WESH 2 that sitting in traffic around Camping World Stadium can take longer than enjoying an event inside. “I got caught up. I didn’t know there was a concert,” said Angela C., a woman who lives nearby. People who live nearby can also take a long time to get home Event being around here is a challenge because cars will be blocking the streets of the neighborhood. Some people can’t get out of the driveways. It’s really that bad. And then of course the noise is a big problem,” said James Drayton, the President At a meeting at Jones High School Thursday, the Central Florida Expressway Authority and the City of Orlando presented a plan on a project “expected to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety on SR 408 and Tampa Avenue by especially during events at Camping World Stadium”. Westbound SR 408 ramp to Orange Blossom Trail A relocated Westbound Orange Blossom Trail ramp SR 408 One additional eastbound lane from John Young Parkway to Orange Blossom Trail Improved sidewalks, crosswalks and lighting along Tampa Avenue “Obviously, as for the ramps, I think it’s a good plan. But we have to understand that the environment needs to be carefully considered,” said Drayton. There were many concerns about how everything would turn out. “And in recent years there have been projects here that we weren’t involved in at the planning stage,” Drayton said. Transport officials promised to be sensitive to event-goers and neighbors. “We always like to hear from the community because they live here and their input is truly critical to the success of this project.” Brian Hutchings, communications manager at the Central Florida Expressway Authority, said, “CFXA said the plans are about 60% complete and the next meeting is for 90% completion scheduled.” That could take place in January 2023 and be completed by the end of 2025. The cost is estimated at $45 million. “There needs to be a better system to have traffic flow in this area, especially during event time,” said Angela C.

From concerts to games, events at Camping World Stadium draw tens of thousands of people to downtown Orlando.

But it also leads to traffic jams and long queues of cars.

On Thursday, the Central Florida Expressway Authority and the City of Orlando presented the community with a plan that could transform the way you drive and walk at Camping World.

There is a lot of excitement about reducing traffic.

But attendees at the meeting also had major concerns about making sure any changes would benefit those who live nearby, rather than just driving by.

Camping World has a unique location close to many houses.

Several who attended Thursday’s gathering to clean up the mess told WESH 2 that sitting in traffic around Camping World Stadium can take longer than enjoying an event inside.

“I was involved. I didn’t know it was a concert,” said Angela C., a woman who lives nearby.

It can also take a long time for people who live nearby to get home.

“Every event around here is a challenge. Because cars will block neighborhood streets. Some people can’t leave the driveways. It’s really that bad. And then, of course, noise is a big problem as well.” James Drayton, president of a nearby neighborhood association, said.

At a meeting at Jones High School Thursday, the Central Florida Expressway Authority and the City of Orlando presented a plan for a project “to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety on SR 408 and Tampa Avenue, particularly at events at Camping World.” Stage”.

Planned improvements include:

  • A new Tampa Avenue ramp to SR 408 eastbound
  • A new westbound SR 408 ramp to Tampa Avenue
  • A relocated westbound SR 408 ramp to the Orange Blossom Trail
  • A relocated Orange Blossom Trail ramp to SR 408 westbound
  • One additional eastbound lane from John Young Parkway to Orange Blossom Trail
  • Improved sidewalks, crosswalks and lighting along Tampa Avenue

“As far as the ramps go, I think that’s a good plan, of course. But we have to understand that the environment needs to be carefully considered,” said Drayton.

There were many concerns about how this would all turn out.

“And in recent years there have been projects happening around here and we weren’t involved in the planning phase,” Drayton said.

Traffic officials vowed to be sensitive to event-goers and neighbors.

“We always want to get input from the community because they live here and their input is really critical to the success of this project,” said Brian Hutchings, communications manager for the Central Florida Expressway Authority.

CFXA said the plans are about 60% complete and the next meeting is expected to be 90% complete. That could come in January.

Construction could start in the summer of 2023 and be completed by the end of 2025.

The cost is estimated at $45 million.

“There needs to be a better system to have traffic flow in this area, especially during event time,” said Angela C.