The Avalon Road RCA Study follows Orange County’s Roadway Conceptual Analysis, or RCA, process. This process confirms the need for transportation improvements, determines the most suitable improvements for a given setting, assesses the potential impacts of such improvements on the community and the environment, and develops cost estimates. The completion of this process guides future project phases (design, right of way acquisition (if needed), and construction), which must be completed before a project is in place.
Listed below are brief descriptions of the key steps that will be used for the Avalon Road RCA Study.
Before improvement alternatives can be developed, the Study team will examine the existing conditions of the area as well as anticipated future changes (e.g., in development activity and transportation plans). Information is being collected from existing sources and through field reviews, which includes: existing roadway characteristics; traffic and crash data; future transportation plans; existing and future land uses; environmental features; drainage patterns; cultural resources; and potential contamination sites. The collected information provides guidance in determining the best transportation improvement options for the Avalon Road corridor.
Following the completion of the data collection and analysis, a review of the Avalon Road corridor will be completed to assess travel patterns, existing and projected travel demands, the presence of environmentally sensitive areas and ways to improve mobility in the Avalon Road area. This analysis will be documented in a Corridor Analysis Technical Memorandum.
Identify and Study Improvement Alternatives
This step involves the identification of transportation improvement alternatives, including typical sections, that could be applied to the Avalon Road area. Each alternative will be evaluated based on impacts to the human environment (neighborhoods, businesses, community assets, historic resources), the natural environment (wetlands and habitat for threatened or endangered species, drainage), the physical environment (access management, right of way, travel patterns, potential contamination sites), and costs. The results and the alternatives studied were shared at Community Meeting No. 1, which took place on March 28, 2018 at Winter Garden City Hall.
The preferred transportation improvement for Avalon Road will be based on the technical evaluations and public input of all the alternatives studied. Once a preferred alternative is selected, it will then be further evaluated and refined in more detail. These refinements may include a more detailed estimate of right of way limits, and updated construction and right of way cost estimates. The results will be shared at Community Meeting No. 2, scheduled for September 12, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm at Winter Garden City Hall.
A key component of this Study is the open and transparent exchange of information and feedback from stakeholders and the general public. Throughout the Study, public feedback will be collected and reviewed. Individuals can remain informed about the Study’s progress through this website, newsletters, and public meetings. After the second public meeting, the Study recommendations will be presented to the Orange County Local Planning Agency (LPA) and the Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The Study concludes with the Orange County Board of County Commissioners acting on the Study recommendations. If the recommendations are accepted, the proposed improvements will move forward into the design phase, once funding is available.