HORIZON WEST As construction continues on Ficquette Road and Orange County crews implement temporary traffic patterns, drivers will be pleased to know there is a silver lining around the corner.
Mike Wehrfritz, a project manager for Orange County Public Works, said final completion for the project should be within three months. With an original expected completion date of July 2016, this puts crews nearly two months ahead of schedule. Soon, drivers will be able to cruise down a road widened to four lanes.
The project, called Segment F, includes Ficquette Road, from about 1,900 feet south of County Road 535, south to about 600 feet west of the Overstreet Road intersection. With the final configuration, drivers heading south on Ficquette Road from Winter Garden-Vineland Road and approaching Ingelnook Drive (the entrance to Vineyards) will find the road tapers down from two lanes to one, with a right-turn lane onto Ingelnook Drive as well as a left turn lane onto Overstreet Road. Drivers heading north on Ficquette Road will have two through lanes and one left-turn lane onto Ingelnook Drive, Wehrfritz said.
Drivers must be cautious at the site because there currently is no signalization at this intersection. Drivers attempting to make turns from either Ingelnook Drive or Overstreet Road are having to proceed with caution while avoiding both directions of traffic — a recipe for accidents.
“Orange County Traffic Engineering will do a traffic signal warrant study after the project is completed and traffic has adjusted to the new traffic flow,” Wehrfritz said.
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