The future of Central Avenue
Heathy Central Avenue
Mobility and accessibility are what keeps us connected as a community. We like to go to places that are easy to get to, and many of us even enjoy walking or biking if the path to our location is safe, clearly marked, and well thought out. The City of Kissimmee is always looking for ways to further increase the accessibility of our downtown and since April 2017 we have been conducting a street corridor study of Central Avenue, which runs through the heart of the Kissimmee Medical Arts District. The goal of the study is to find ways to improve the Central Avenue corridor so that it’s even more inviting to drivers, walkers, and bikers, by identifying enhancements to the transportation system through healthy community design thinking.
So far, three of the five steps of the study have already been completed. Our Development Services team, along with a Transportation Systems firm have defined problems that need to be corrected, outlined the purpose of the corridor, and identified alternatives that could resolve those needs while enhancing the accessibility of Central Avenue. Proposed enhancements were presented to the City Commission during the March 27 workshop to provide an update on the progress of the study. Some of the proposed enhancements include adding additional bus stop amenities, raised medians with landscaping, additional lighting, and right turn lanes onto Vine Street (U.S. HWY 192). To make the corridor even more walkable there was also a proposal to add mid-block pedestrian crossings which would allow pedestrians to cross Central Avenue at designated locations in-between stop lights.
As the street corridor study moves onto the final stages we will be able to get an even greater glimpse into the future of Central Avenue. The next step is for our team to assess and evaluate all of the alternatives and determine which will best suit the needs of our residents and guests. Then, by the summer 2018 we’ll begin the process of developing the final plan that will shape the future of this important street within our community. For more information on the study go to healthycentralave.com.