OMS: Central Florida Transportation Planning Group- Central Florida Project Update
Thursday, May 5, 2016
noon - 2 p.m. EDT
Orlando, FL, United States
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“The Southern Connection – What is it and what will it be?”
Atlee Mercer, Chairman OCX
The Osceola County Expressway Authority (OCX) formed in 2010 developed the OCX Master Plan 2040 to address the county’s vision and transportation needs. The OCX 2040 system, structured on a series of expressways that ring the interior of the County’s urban Growth Boundary, connect existing and emerging cities and centers forming the “Southern Connection.” This Southern Connection, and the anxiously awaited opening of the Poinciana Parkway, will be presented.
Wekiva Parkway – Completing Central Florida’s Beltway
Mary Brooks, Vice President, Quest Corporation of America.
Mary Brooks, who has engaged the community on the Wekiva Parkway since 2004, will present an update on this 25-mile project to complete Central Florida’s beltway. She will also share the landmark environmental protections that are part of this project, which is helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River.
Projects in Ocala/Marion County
Greg Slay, AICP, Ocala/Marion County TPO, Director
This presentation will focus on proposed projects in the northern part of the District, including the highly anticipated Heart of Florida Loop Trail and the State Road 40 Multi-Modal Corridor Plan. The Heart of Florida Loop Trail will connect the northern end of the Withlacoochee State Trail to Silver Springs State Park via the Marjorie Harris Carr Greenway. The Trail will traverse numerous public lands including the Ocala National Forest as it eventually connects to Lake and Volusia counties. To assist with the implementation of the City of Ocala’s Vision 2035 plan, the SR 40 Corridor Plan looks to improve the multi-modal aspects of Downtown Ocala. Working with the City of Ocala, the TPO has developed a plan that will improve access to several areas Downtown including Citizens Circle, the Farmers Market, Downtown Square and Tuscawilla Park.
Presenters will discuss the projects, including their successes and areas of improvement. Planners will be able to utilize the information provided to implement similar transportation initiatives in their communities including. Transportation needs focusing on areas within designated urban growth boundaries, innovative environmental protection measures, as well as Innovative access management techniques will be introduced.
Greg Slay, AICP
Greg Slay, AICP