Residents and workers in Downtown have a new travel route.
FDOT recently extended Boone Avenue south from Anderson Street to Sylvia Lane and eventually Gore Street and Hughey Avenue, south of the 408. This gives drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians a new way to get around downtown, especially near the Amway Center and Dr. Phillips Center. A parking lot can also be accessed under SR 408.
Prior to this new road, the were no other north–south routes between Orange and Division avenues.
This is the second restoration of the original grid of streets in the downtown area prior to construction of the expressways. Hicks Avenue is also being extended under the 408 from Anderson Street to Gore Street.
According to a press release from the City of Orlando, “The reconfigured intersection also provides a dedicated lane for eastbound travelers on Anderson Street to easily turn south onto Boone Avenue, easing pressure on the intersection with Orange Avenue.”
A grid of streets gives drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians more efficient ways to disperse and get around a city, rather than being funneled onto a few high-traffic arterial roads.