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UCF Area Pedestrian Safety


Orange County has conducted a pedestrian safety study along approximately 4.6 miles of roadway near the University of Central Florida (UCF) area. The study corridors are Alafaya Trail from Challenger Parkway to McCulloch Road, University Boulevard from Rouse Road to Alafaya Trail and McCulloch Road from Alafaya Trail to North Orion Boulevard.

The design and construction of the study recommendations will be split into phases.

The first-phase project limits include Alafaya trail from Challenger Parkway to McCulloch Road and University Boulevard from Quadrangle Boulevard to Alafaya Trail. The Phase I design will consist of additional guideway signage, new pedestrian channelization in medians and behind curbs, new landscaping, intersection improvements with curb radii modifications, enhanced crosswalks, new pedestrian-scale lighting, a much wider sidewalk along the UCF frontage, and two new signalized mid-block pedestrian crosswalks. Additional phases will be developed as funding becomes available.


The purpose of this design will be to take the recommendations from the study and transfer those concepts into engineered construction plans. The Public Works Engineering Division will work closely with the Florida Department of Transportation and the University of Central Florida during the development of the construction plans. A high level of detail, design analysis and adherence to federal, state and local regulations will be necessary to permit this project.


The Public Works Department has a consultant under contract (AVCON, Inc.) and the first-phase project recommendations are being designed. The current design activities include:

  • Design survey – completed July 2019
  • On-site project review and tour with State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith (District 49) in August 2019
  • 60% construction plans due September 2019
  • UCF right-of-way/easement meeting in September 2019
  • FDOT countermeasures/easement meeting in September-November 2019

Project status can be tracked using Orange County’s ProjectTrak web application.

The Orange County Public Works Department and the Florida Department of Transportation have also accelerated the installation of several interim safety improvements that did not have to go through the design process:

  1. Pedestrian warning flashing beacons (constant operation) were installed for:
    • Westbound University Boulevard near Turbine Drive
    • Eastbound University Boulevard near Systems Way
    • Southbound Alafaya Trail near Pasteur Drive
    • Northbound Alafaya Trail near Central Florida Boulevard
  2. Pedestrian Warning Pavement Markings
    • Northbound and Southbound Alafaya Trail at the flashing beacons near Pasteur Drive and Central Florida Boulevard
  3. Advisory signs (Turning Vehicles Yield to Pedestrians) were installed for:
    • Eastbound University Boulevard at Alafaya Trail
    • Northbound and southbound Alafaya Trail at University Boulevard
  4. Sidewalk message marking (Eyes Up Ears Open Look For Cars) were installed for:
    • Northwest and southwest corners of the University Boulevard/Alafaya Trail intersection

Additional interim improvements are in the process of being installed:

  • FDOT is reviewing a request for the installation of flashing yellow right-turn arrows on the traffic signal mast arms at the intersection of University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail.

Public Involvement

Orange County and the design consultant will be available for meeting with small groups and individuals to discuss all aspects of the project. This website will be updated over the course of the project.

Contact Us

Cathy Evangelo, P.E., Senior Engineer
Orange County Public Works Department
4200 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando FL 32839

Phone: 407-836-8034
Fax: 407-836-8024

All e-mail sent to this address becomes part of Orange County public record. Comments received by our e-mail subsystem can be read by anyone who requests that privilege. In compliance with "Government in the Sunshine" laws, Orange County Government must make available, at request, any and all information not deemed a threat to the security of law enforcement agencies and personnel.