THE SOUTH FLORIDA AVENUE STREAMLINE

Will this proposed project cause problems, or revitalize the area while improving safety? Scroll down to learn the facts and decide for yourself.

THE SOUTH FLORIDA AVENUE STREAMLINE

Will this proposed project cause problems, or revitalize the area while improving safety? Scroll down to learn the facts and decide for yourself.

WHAT IS A ROAD STREAMLINE?

A streamline, or a “road diet”, turns a larger road into three lanes (two travel lanes and one turning lane) for the purpose of increasing safety and commerce in the area. There have been many road streamlines in similar Florida communities, and one has never been reversed.

WHAT IS A ROAD STREAMLINE?

A streamline, or a “road diet”, turns a larger road into three lanes (two travel lanes and one turning lane) for the purpose of increasing safety and commerce in the area. There have been many road streamlines in similar Florida communities, and one has never been reversed.

WHY DOES S. FLORIDA NEED ONE?

A study by FDOT revealed an abnormally high accident rate, unsafe pedestrian walkways, and a stagnant business environment. FDOT observed dangerous speeding and cars driving in an alternating pattern instead of side-by-side to avoid the anxiety of such close quarters.

WHY DOES S. FLORIDA NEED ONE?

A study by FDOT revealed an abnormally high accident rate, unsafe pedestrian walkways, and a stagnant business environment. FDOT observed dangerous speeding and cars driving in an alternating pattern instead of side-by-side to avoid the anxiety of such close quarters.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS?

Past streamlining projects resulted in a significant decrease of accidents, revitalized shopping and eating, beautification of the area, and a more attractive real estate market. Most road diets create a slightly longer commute, as well as traffic diverting to other streets.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS?

Past streamlining projects resulted in a significant decrease of accidents, revitalized shopping and eating, beautification of the area, and a more attractive real estate market. Most road diets create a slightly longer commute, as well as traffic diverting to other streets.

PROJECTIONS FROM THE FDOT STUDY INCLUDE:

17-50

Seconds added onto a commute.

30%

Reduction in traffic-related accidents.

100

Housing units added within 10 years.

A SUCCESS STORY: ORLANDO'S EDGEWATER DRIVE

With similar average daily traffic, this street gives Lakeland a unique view into the possibilities and changes a road streamline brings.

FROM A CUT-THROUGH ROAD TO A LOCAL HOTSPOT

Since the change from five lanes to three in 2006, $600 million has been invested into the Edgewater Drive business and housing economy. With triple the amount of restaurants and shops, the area has seen both an increase in local income and home ownership. There has been a decrease in accidents by 40% and injuries by 60%. Even though there are still challenges with public transportation and pedestrian walkways, the city considers this streamline project a huge success.

FROM A CUT-THROUGH ROAD TO A LOCAL HOTSPOT

Since the change from five lanes to three in 2006, $600 million has been invested into the Edgewater Drive business and housing economy. With triple the amount of restaurants and shops, the area has seen both an increase in local income and home ownership. There has been a decrease in accidents by 40% and injuries by 60%. Even though there are still challenges with public transportation and pedestrian walkways, the city considers this streamline project a huge success.

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