Engineers unveil new look for Seminole Blvd. along Lake Monroe

Work on Phase 3 of the RiverWalk is most likely to begin before the end of 2018.

David Geriach, President of CPH engineers, updated the city commission recently about how the early stages of the project are coming along.

Phase 3 will be done in two stages that will run somewhat concurrently. The sea wall part of the project goes out for bid on June 1. The road work is expected to go out to bid in August or September.

In addition to extending the RiverWalk to I-4, the project will reduce the speed limit to 35 mph along Lake Monroe, add landscaping, install traffic calming devices, add three round-abouts and construct parking areas to access the RiverWalk.

In addition, the plan calls for make North French Avenue 1 lane from 1st street to Seminole Boulevard. That short stretch of road is currently 2 lanes, but really is nothing more than a drag strip as motorists race to get in front of other cars before the road splits into 1 lane roads at the “Round Building.”

Construction of Phase 3 could be complete by early 2020.

The federal government turned over North French Avenue and Seminole Boulevard from 1st Street intersection of Monroe Road near I-4 last year. The feds also provided $24 million that will be used to fund the RiverWalk expansion.

A rendering of the new North French Avenue and Seminole Boulevard intersection near the “Round Building.” CREDIT: CPH
Proposed layout of how the intersection of North French Avenue and Seminole Boulevard will be laid out with a new round-about. CREDIT: CPH



Looking east on Seminole Boulevard at the entrance to the Central Florida Zoo. CREDIT: CPH
Looking east on Seminole Boulevard at the intersection of Walnut Crest Run, which leads to the Preserve at Lake Monroe subdivision. CREDIT: CPH