In November we had the second public meeting for the project. The community was presented with proposed improvements along the project corridor. One of the main features of the meeting was the consideration of four different realignment alternatives. The meeting was well attended by the community and the team received valuable input.
In December, following the public meeting, the team presented the project to the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. The presentation was well received by the Board who expressed interest and support for the project.
The current phase of the project is a detailed comparison analysis of the realignment alternatives. Based on the feedback from the community meeting, the team has identified Alternatives 1 & 2A as the preferred realignment configurations. These, along with a no-build option, will be studied further to determine a Preferred Improvement Concept that will be presented at the next, and final, community meeting.
The objective of the study is to provide a planning document for the corridor that will be the basis of future road improvements as well as a framework for future development along the corridor. The study will address the following project elements:
- Multi-modal improvements – Recommended multi-modal facilities (bike lanes, sidewalks, trails, etc.) along the corridor. Also included will be general planning recommendations for multi-modal improvements within the study area.
- CR 437 realignment – A preferred realignment plan will be developed from multiple options based on public input, design feasibility, and compatibility with community goals.
- Safety improvements – The study will identify and recommend safety improvements along the corridor. This will include short-term fixes that can be addressed sooner as well as long-term improvements that can be incorporated into future designs.
The CR 437 Realignment and Multi-Modal Study will provide corridor planning, preliminary engineering and environmental study analysis services for CR 437 from Adair Avenue to State Road 44 (SR44), which covers approximately (4.5) miles.
It is the goal of Lake County to engage the Sorrento and Mt. Plymouth communities during the course of this study, so that the County can develop a project that not only meets the transportation needs of the area, but is also supported by the community it is intended to serve. Community input is vital during the decision-making processes of this study.
CR 437 primarily serves the Sorrento and Mount Plymouth communities, which continue to experience growth. With the coming Wekiva Parkway expansion, now is the time to plan the realignment of CR 437 in order to minimize future traffic issues within these communities. These strategies will also include a benefit/cost analysis.
This study will also address short-term strategies, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Traffic operations improvements such as intersection and minor roadway widening, improved signage and lighting, geometric improvements and signalization improvements.
- Evaluation of crossroads.
- Bicycle and pedestrian facilities and Multi-Use Trail improvements.
- Improvements to access routes to school and parks.
- Transit service improvements, including fixed route consideration, van pool and car opportunities, park & ride facility development.
- Transportation amenities to mitigate impacts, such as landscaping and aesthetic enhancements.
- Complete street design concepts, including traffic calming, roundabouts, etc.
Throughout the course of this study, a variety of outreach measures will be conducted to secure public input, including:
- Public Open Houses
- Meeting Advertisements
- Contact information and public improvement activities posted to the project website
- Small group meetings, as requested. Any party or organization may request a small group meeting at any time. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-406-0422.
- News releases