For updated global info & data on COVID-19, please click HERE.For updated global data & graphs on COVID-19, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases and death counts in USA by state, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida via Florida COVID Action, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida, via Florida state government, please click HERE.Did you hear the latest news about part of the I-4 Ultimate project involving Walt Disney World? As a result of an eminent domain settlement, Florida has agreed to pay $198 million to acquire the Crossroads Shopping Center near Walt Disney World. This is the highest known eminent domain settlement in recorded history, with the previous record being about $70 million. The negotiations for this project lasted longer than a year. According to the Orlando Sentinel, attorneys for FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation) and Crossroad’s owner, and U.S. Cities Fund signed an agreement in 2020, outlining payments for each of the twenty-five tenants of Crossroads. These twenty-five tenants have until August of 2021 to vacate Crossroads. The largest payment of $15.7 million is going to Gooding’s Supermarkets. U.S. Cities Fund received about $149.4 million and an additional $10 million to cover attorney fees and various expenses.The state of Florida will be knocking down Crossroads in order to build a road leading to Walt Disney World as part of the ongoing I-4 Ultimate project.
Say good-bye to these merchants at Crossroads Shopping Center: Gooding’s Supermarkets, in the video “GOODINGS SUPERMARKET – ORLANDO“, below:
In the video “Crossroads at Lake Buena Vista“, below:
In the video “CROSSEOADS AREA LAKE BUENA VISTA“, below:
To find out more about the I-4 Ultimate project, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
$2.3 billion (in year-of-expenditure dollars) project—dubbed I-4 Ultimate—is reconstructing a 21-mile (34 km) stretch of I-4 through Orlando from SR 435 (exit 75) east to SR 434 (exit 94). The most noticeable change will be the addition of four variable-toll express lanes along this section, to be called 4 Express. The express lanes will be variably tolled in an attempt to maintain an average speed of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h). Additionally, the general-use lanes will be rebuilt, 15 major interchanges will be reconfigured, 53 new bridges will be added, and 75 bridges will be replaced. Two pedestrian bridges will be built over the highway near Kirkman Road and Maitland Boulevard. The project will also reduce the curve radius and improve line-of-sight along the notorious Fairbanks Curve south of Fairbanks Avenue, which is the most accident-prone section of I-4.FDOT proposed adding barrier-separated HOV lanes to I-4 through the Orlando metro area in the 1990s, possibly funded by tolls, but proposals for express lanes (including reversible toll lanes and HOT lanes) were blocked by politics for the next 15 years. In 2012, a legislative ban on tolls along I-4, which had been in place for seven years, ended and FDOT began soliciting private enterprises to build and help finance the project in a public-private partnership.In February 2013, the state legislature and governor gave approval for FDOT to proceed with the public-private partnership on this section of I-4 in February 2013 and the following year, FDOT selected I-4 Mobility Partners to design, construct, finance, maintain and operate the project for 40 years. FDOT and I-4 Mobility Partners reached commercial and financial close and a public-private partnership concession agreement was executed in September 2014. The final design phase began in October 2014. On February 1, 2015, FDOT turned the project over to I-4 Mobility Partners and on February 18, transportation officials and the governor held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project in Maitland.I-4 Mobility Partners has a March 2021 deadline to complete the project (although it is still unclear how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will affect thedeadline).
Additional express lanes
Extensions of the 4 Express toll lanes both southwest and northeast of the I-4 Ultimate project are being considered. In 2013, FDOT initiated a reevaluation study to reevaluate previous feasibility studies, made between 1998 and 2005, in which the addition of HOV or express toll lanes were considered. The extensions cover approximately 40 miles (64 km) of I-4 through the Orlando metro area. Southwest of the I-4 Ultimate, the study is examining an extension through Osceola County to US 27 in Polk County. Northeast of the I-4 Ultimate, the study is examining an extension through Seminole County to SR 472 in Volusia County. The reevaluation is expected to be complete in July 2015.Express toll lanes are also being considered for I-4 in the Tampa Bay area. In January 2015, FDOT unveiled its master plan for a system of express toll lanes—dubbed Tampa Bay Express (TBX)—on I-4, I-75, and I-275 and began public meetings for community input. On I-4, these lanes would extend approximately 26 miles (42 km) from I-275 to west of the Polk Parkway (SR 570). At the junction with I-275, the initial concept alignment calls for a direct connection between the express toll lanes of both highways.Express bus lanes for regional, long-distance bus service were studied for inclusion in the plan. The I-4 corridor was considered in the bus lane study, but the resultant proposal only included installation on I-275 and I-75
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