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Osceola Board of County Commissioners Approves Build Recommendation
for Improvements to Simpson Road from US 192 to 560 feet south of
Myers Road

The Osceola Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the recommendation of the build alternative for the 4.2 mile section of Simpson Road Improvements from US 192 to 560 feet south of Myers Road Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study at the April 13, 2020 board meeting. The Build Alternative is described below.

With this action the Simpson Road PD&E Study is complete with the final project documentation available in the link to Study Materials. The project will now advance to the design phase.

General information about the advancement of the Simpson Road improvements will be available on https://www.osceola.org/osceola-roads/.

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Simpson Road Study Location Map

Project Location Map

Fortune Road Intersection: Option 1 - Conventional

Near-term construction could initially consist of implementing the conventional intersection and then the Quadrant Road could be implemented at some point in the future, if indicated by traffic volumes. The PD&E Study identified for public review the impacts of the Conventional Intersection and the Quadrant (Quad) Road. As the two options differ, the roadway designers will continue to refine the concept based on the County’s roadway construction prioritization process.

Fortune Road Option 1 - Conventional
Simpson Road and Fortune Road. Click on the image to view a larger image.

Fortune Road Intersection: Option 2 - Quad Road

Option 2 is the PD&E Intersection solution for accommodating heavier traffic volumes at the Fortune Road intersection. Option 2 adds a Quadrant (Quad) Road in the northeast quadrant of this intersection. This configuration could allow left turns from southbound Simpson Road to access Fortune Road eastbound at a new signal (purple arrow). Removing this left turn movement from the main intersection could improve traffic operations and access options for the surrounding properties (light gray arrow).

Fortune Road Option 2 - Quad Road
Simpson Road and Fortune Road. Click on the image to view a larger image.

Buenaventura Boulevard Intersection: Option 1 - Conventional

Similar to the Fortune Rd intersection, near-term construction at the Buenaventura Boulevard intersection could initially consist of implementing a conventional intersection layout and then a Quadrant Road could be implemented at some point in the future, if indicated by traffic volumes. The PD&E Study identified for public review the impacts of the Conventional intersection and the Quad Road. As the two options differ, the roadway designers will continue to refine the concept based on the County’s roadway construction prioritization process.

Buenaventura Blvd. Intersection Option 1 - Conventional
Simpson Road and Buenaventura Boulevard. Click on the image to view a larger image.

Buenaventura Boulevard  Intersection: Option 2 - Quad Road

Option 2 is the PD&E Intersection solution for accommodating heavier traffic volumes at the Buenaventura Boulevard intersection. Option 2 adds a Quadrant (Quad) Road in the southwest quadrant of this intersection. This intersection layout could use the access drive between the Bank of America and the Buenaventura Lakes Center as a new road with a new signalized intersection at Simpson Road.

This new road will connect Simpson Road to Oakwood Drive (purple arrow). This could provide access to these businesses and remove the need for any U-turns at the Buenaventura intersection (gray arrows) or the left turn to Oakwood Drive from Buenaventura Boulevard (black arrow). This option could improve traffic operations and safety at both the Simpson Road and Oakwood Drive intersections with Buenaventura Boulevard.

Buenventura Blvd. Intersection Option 2 - Quad Road
Simpson Road and Buenaventura Boulevard. Click on the image to view a larger image.

The below Typical Sections identify the recommended improvements of Phases 2, 3, and 4.

Phase 2 & 3: 115 feet of Right-of-Way with 4 Traffic Lanes

Phase 2 and 3 Typical Section
Phase 2 & 3. Click on image for larger image.

Phase 4: 125 feet of Right-of-Way with 4 Traffic Lanes and 2 Auxiliary Lanes

Phase 4 Typical Section
Phase 4. Click on the image to view a larger image.

This option provides traffic lanes in each direction with a shared-use path available for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Simpson Road Study Benefits - Pedestrian Comfort, Bicycle Connections, Driving Ease, and Transit Access