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Downtown Bridge Installation Will Close Colonial Late Saturday Night

Massive steel bridge getting installed downtown this weekend so West Colonial will be closed off for late Saturday night.



The installation of the huge steel truss that will cross West Colonial as part of the new Colonial Pedestrian Overpass will be taking place from 10pm Saturday, July 14 to 6am Sunday, July 15. During this time West Colonial Drive will be completely closed between Orange Avenue and Garland Avenue.


Once the entire project is complete later in early 2019, this new $9,024,000 quarter-mile bridge will help provide a safe connection from the Downtown core to the north, providing critical links between the Orlando Urban Trail and Gertrude’s Walk, SunRail and LYNX Central Station.


The overpass will be located east of I-4, west of N. Orange Avenue, and crosses W. Colonial Drive until touch down approximately 340 feet south of Colonial.


During the closure, the truss will be assembled using a dolly system and several cranes, and the installation process will include rolling the steel truss and cranes into position and lifting the truss into place. 


Message boards will go up in advance to notify regular travelers of the upcoming closure. Detour signs will be clearly posted before and along detour routes.


There's been a focus by the City on completing the trail located in the Central Business District. due to the addition of the bike share program, increased residential density, burgeoning sports and entertainment complexes, and new and expanding bus and rail transit options.


The Orlando Bicycle Beltway is one of 10 neighborhood infrastructure improvements coming to Orlando. It's an 8.25 mile loop that will circle through the Central Business District all the way to Fashion Square/Colonial area and back once completed. It will ultimately connect Downtown to the region’s trail system. This beltway will utilize the existing Orlando Urban Trail, Cady Way Trail, and Lake Underhill Path.


The City's bicycle system currently consists of over forty (40) miles of urban bike trails within the City of Orlando, located in three major network areas: (1) southeast, (2) southwest, and (3) northeast.


The city is currently a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community, based on the League of American Bicyclists` 5 Es for a Bicycle Friendly Community.



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