Silver Star Road Complete Streets Study

The Silver Star Road Complete Streets Study will provide a lower cost alternative to widening with improved safety, and extension of the West Orange Trail to Downtown Ocoee. MetroPlan Orlando is leading the study, working directly with City of Ocoee to develop recommendations that support the overall Downtown Vision while maintaining a safe and reliable connection to SR 429 and destinations to the east.

Public meeting & open  house

A public meeting and open house was held March 14, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Woman’s Club of Ocoee. About 50 people came to look at maps and ask questions about the study and the planned changes to Silver Star Road.

See technical presentations from the March 14 public meeting here:

Public Meeting Exhibits: 3-14-19

Background

The Ocoee Downtown Master Plan was a six month community driven planning effort involving a large group of residents, property owners, and business representatives. The Downtown Ocoee Master Plan culminated in a comprehensive vision and plan to transform this uniquely placed hub of West Orange County into a more walkable, dynamic, live-work-shop-play urban center and vibrant gateway to West Orange County.

The most dominant issue in Ocoee’s downtown is the regional connectivity via incomplete transitioning from collector roads to arterial roads. Many of the collector roads connect to arterials at “T intersections.” One specific challenge is that Franklin/Plant Street and Silver Star (SR 438) Road do not directly connect. This creates a situation where Silver Star Road acts as a barrier to east-west connections — all of which causes a disjointed network.

The study will look at complete streets elements to improve safety and mobility between SR 429 and Bluford Ave along Silver Star Road.

Early plans called for Silver Star Road to be widened to four lanes with center turn lane between SR 429 and Clarke Road, with a realignment of Silver Star Road. The Downtown Master Plan originally envisioned Silver Star extending past Clarcona-Ocoee and connecting to Plant Street with a roundabout. However, recent development activity has made that connection difficult, and the study will look to provide the same mobility envisioned in the City of Ocoee’s Downtown Master Plan.

Study Objectives

Objectives for the Silver Star Road Complete Streets Study include:

  • Enhancing connectivity and accessibility
  • Creating a safe environment for walking and biking – trail connections
  • Identifying strategies for improved transit service
  • Creating a multi-modal vision and plan that supports the Ocoee Downtown Master Plan
  • Enhancing economic viability without impacting the residential neighborhoods
  • Developing a set of implementable improvements

Study Partners and Timeline

The Project Advisory Group (PAG) includes members of the business & development community, City of Ocoee staff, City of Winter Garden staff and the Florida Department of Transportation.

The project is anticipated to be completed in Summer 2019.

Study Documents

Silver Star Complete Streets Study – Planning Context Summary Report

Silver Star Complete Streets Study – Traffic Memo

Silver Star Complete Streets Study – PAG Presentation 1

Staff Contact

For more information, contact:
Nick Lepp
Director of Transportation Planning
MetroPlan Orlando
407-481-5672 x324
nlepp@metroplanorlando.org

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