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Southwest Orange Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 2 years ago

New Ridgewood Drive ordinance on deck in Windermere

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A Windermere ordinance would allow for no-right-turn signs along Sixth Avenue to combat cut-through traffic.
by: Tim Freed Managing Editor

Drivers can still expect potential changes to help deal with cut-through traffic going through the town of Windermere.

Town council members conducted a first reading on an ordinance that allows for no-right-turn signs along Sixth Avenue, placed at Ridgewood Drive and Lee Street and only in effect from 4 to 7 p.m.

The ordinance is the latest move by the town to deal with cut-through traffic along Ridgewood, which handles numerous cars each day as drivers try to circumvent the backup of cars along Sixth Avenue leading up to the roundabout at Main Street. The Town Council voted down an ordinance last month that would have allowed only eastbound traffic from Lake Street to Lee Street along Ridgewood. Members expressed reservations about making the segment of Ridgewood one way though, explaining that it would be causing pain for residents 24/7 in order to solve a four-hour issue that takes place during rush hour.

 

NEW TOWN WEBSITE

Town Manager Robert Smith said Tuesday that the town should have a new and improved website within 48 hours.

It’s all the result of a contract the town signed with Chatter Buzz in February of last year.

“It’s going to be more user-friendly, it’s going to be easier to navigate, because a lot of that content that was put on the old website that we currently have was done by staff and staff has changed over and stuff wasn’t updated,” Smith said. “But now a third party is going to be updating stuff for us.”

The new website will also include features like a frequently asked questions section and a system to report problems to town staff.

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Tim Freed is the Managing Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. He previously spent six years covering the Winter Park/Maitland area and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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