Highway 50 traffic at new apartments

Listen to this man from Seminole County talk about traffic in his area – can you relate?

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This man is at the podium in opposition to a development in Seminole County.  It is an all too familiar story and rings true for us who live in East Orange County as well as the Oviedo/Chuluota area.

Here’s what he had to say,
We are developing, developing, developing with no infrastructure in place to handle it … there has got to be some sort of supporting infrastructure … we keep building but the roads aren’t catching up, nothings catching up with any of this and it’s time to stop, take a break and catch up a little bit so that we’re all not backed up traffic wise all the time“.

He talks about the impact fees paid by developers to support infrastructure that are supposed to pay for road improvements.  I ask myself sometimes, where did all those impact fees for all the subdivisions and development that have been built go.  I have a hard time believing they were spent on county roads in East Orange County as there have been no road improvements for many years and none slated for the future.  Also the impact fees are a drop in the bucket compared to what is actually needed which is the main reason why Orange County is in such dire straits.

What bothers me the most is that Orange County has been and is facing big traffic issues in our area but Orange County and our county commissioner have no plan to address it.  So it can only go one way … more traffic and more gridlock.  Keep in mind traffic improvements take ages to implement so even if something was started today we wouldn’t see the fruits of those labors for years.  Unless we start demanding a plan for traffic, the path we are on now is not so good.  One of Mayor Demings top 4 priorities is transportation.  It will be interesting to watch how East Orange County ranks when it comes to funding improvements to our roadways.


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