Each time I leave my neighborhood to freshly re-paved County Road 535, I am so disheartened. It sickens me that the County would spend all this money and time pouring new asphalt and restriping all while making no improvements for safety through this area.

Just north of the intersection of Chase Road and CR 535, this roadway was improved with curbs, a lower speed limit, and possibly a reduction in lane width, which all aid in reducing the speed at which a driver feels comfortable moving his vehicle.

The newly “improved” section, from Chase Road and southward, is composed of extra wide lanes, no curbs, and broad flat shoulders large enough to accommodate an extra vehicle lane. These factors aid in a driver feeling comfortable moving his vehicle faster, no matter the posted speed limit.

“Orange County is focused on making the roadways and shoulders safer for the citizens and visitors of Orange County. Presently through our paving program every year we identify many roadways that require the milling and resurfacing of the roadways. Many of these roadways have paved shoulders allowing the traveling public to safely leave the main roadway, should it be necessary.”

In addition, Orange County Roads and Drainage has let us know that this improvement should last 15 to 20 years with proper maintenance. Wowzas! I guess there is no plan for traffic calming measures through this area. Nevermind that hundreds of school children and parents walk across CR 535 to Sunset Park Elementary each and every school day. I guess slowing the traveling public down for safety matters only for those in vehicles, not for those without a steel shield around them.

At a time when Metro Orlando was named the fourth most dangerous city for pedestrians in the country, it is time to look at context sensitive solutions!