Keeping Orlando moving continues to be a priority for Mayor Buddy Dyer. Providing multiple alternatives such as transit, bike and pedestrian forms of transportation will offer all those who live, work and play in Orlando options for getting around the City. This offers a variety of affordable alternatives to having a car and connects more of our residents with access to jobs and opportunity.
To support this priority, the City is committed to providing a safe, comfortable and connected pedestrian system. The City’s Orlando Walks Sidewalk Project focuses on establishing an interconnected sidewalk network that helps to improve public safety and to encourage active healthy living. In an effort to maximize funding and more quickly complete sidewalk gaps, the City elected to seek additional outside funding opportunities and received a Federal grant to fund the current phase of sidewalk construction.
A common concern we hear is: “People will walk too close to my house.” According to a recent AARP Fact Sheet, “there’s little difference between what passersby can see from a sidewalk versus what they can already see from their cars or by walking along the edge of the street. Any nearness added by a sidewalk would likely be as little as a just a few feet.”
To view more misconceptions about sidewalks and learn about the benefits visit aarp.org.
Sidewalk Installation Timeline
Frequently Asked Questions
Why was the right-of-way in front of my home selected for the sidewalk project?
Priority areas are based on a sidewalk segment’s proximity to schools, parks, bus routes, shopping and SunRail Stations. The selection of individual segments is also based on the following considerations:
- Completing walking networks to and through neighborhoods.
- Providing sidewalks on at least one side of streets.
- Completing sidewalks on streets with a relatively higher traffic volume.
- Construction feasibility as it relates to large trees, available right-of-way and utility conflicts.
How is the City paying for the sidewalk project?
As part of our Orlando Walks project, the City has secured more than $6 million in Federal grant funds with $3.5 million of that dedicated to Phase 2 of the sidewalk project that will support pedestrian transportation improvements. In addition to adding sidewalks on busy streets, the City will also construct new sidewalks with priority given to areas with small gaps in sidewalk segments and in locations that are in close proximity to schools, parks, bus routes, shopping, community centers and SunRail stations.
Phase 1 of the sidewalk project has been completed adding more than 25 miles of sidewalks. Phase 2 construction began on June 8, 2015 in Loch Haven Park and will add 22 more miles of new sidewalks completing more than 150 different sidewalk connections. Phase 2 is scheduled to be complete in summer of 2017.
I received a letter stating that construction will start in my area within 30 days. When can I expect to see construction crews in the right-of-way in front of my property?The citywide sidewalk construction scope of work has been organized into “zones” and work will only be done in two zones at a time. Some zones are small with crews working in that area for 20 days. If this is the case for you, the work will begin within 30 days from receipt of the letter. Other zones are quite large requiring crews to work in those areas for 100 days or more. If this is the case for you, it may be several months before the crews make it to your residence. Please be patient and feel free to contact Tamara Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407.694.8397 for an update.
What will happen to my landscaping and irrigation in the right-of-way?
At least two weeks before crews arrive to install sidewalks in the right-of-way in front of your property, they will mark the exact placement of the sidewalk. At this time, it is your responsibility to relocate any landscaping or trees that you would like to salvage. Construction crews will relocate sprinkler heads if they are in the path of the sidewalk.
We will make every reasonable effort to avoid mature landscaping and trees. If you feel there may be a conflict in front of your property, please contact Tamara Reynolds ahead of time so she can work through the issues with you prior to the sidewalk placement being marked at email@example.com or 407.694.8397.
For questions about the sidewalk location and items that may be impacted, contact the City of Orlando’s Engineering Project Coordinator:
Tamara Reynolds, 407.694.8397 or firstname.lastname@example.org