The City of Apopka is evaluating improvements to Kelly Park Road, from Round Lake Road to Rock Springs Road. This analysis has evaluated alternative roadway and intersection improvements and their impacts to traffic as well as environmental features, utilities, and individual properties.
A virtual public meeting is scheduled for Thursday November 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm to receive input from residents on the alternatives. You must register to attend. Please visit the Kelly Park Road Corridor Study page for complete details on the study, including a link to the virtual meeting. The meeting schedule includes a project overview and presentation from 6-6:30pm, and a moderated Q&A from 6:30-7pm.
The City believes that the SR 429 Interchange will continue to drive change in the area, and so has been taking steps to prepare for the changes, and make sure that adequate facilities are in place. The City previously developed planning regulations to incentivize appropriate development, and now they are planning for the future of the road.
West Kelly Park Road is a 5.1-mile collector road that runs in the East-West direction between Round Lake Road to Rock Springs Road, mostly located in the City of Apopka, with the eastern portion in unincorporated Orange County.
Future growth in the area creates the need for additional roadway capacity improvements, reduced vehicular speeds, safer access, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and intersection improvements. Multiple typical sections were developed with different lane widths, bike lane widths, and median configurations. Typical Section D was selected as the preferred option, since it provides the needed facilities while minimizing the needed right-of-way width. The location of the 4-Lane and 3-lane typical sections is shown in Figure 2. While the proposed typical sections were selected to minimize the needed ROW, they will require property acquisition in many areas since the existing available ROW is too narrow to accommodate improvements. As the road currently exists, the ROW is not wide enough to accommodate the standard clear zone width, even as a 2-lane facility with no median.
Future growth in the area justifies a need to widen Kelly Park Road to a 4-lane divided facility, from Golden Gem Road to Plymouth Sorrento Road. Outside of this area, recommendations are to provide a 3-lane facility, with one lane per direction and a two-way left-turn lane. Sidewalks are recommended on the south side throughout the project, with a 12’ asphalt multi-use path along the north side. Conversion to a curb and gutter roadway is also recommended, along with reductions in the speed limits, at locations consistent with the proposed widenings.
Roadway drainage improvements and ponds will be needed to accommodate conversion to curb-and-gutter and to collect, store, and treat stormwater runoff from the additional impervious area created by the proposed lanes. Potential pond locations were identified based on the existing topography, flow patterns, and basins. Some of the existing drainage ponds will be used whenever possible, such as the City-owned pond just east of the SR 429 interchange.
The Pond Siting Report is available via this link.
The conceptual phase will wrap up in December of 2021. The Design phase will be undertaken in 2022 or 2023. Funding for right-of-way acquisition and construction has not been allocated. It is expected that construction will begin in approximately 10 years.
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