Right Turn Only: New signs installed in Winter Park

Rush hour rule goes into effect in part of Orange Avenue

WINTER PARK, Fla. – During weekday rush hour, drivers in Winter Park will no longer be able to make their way across Orange Avenue or turn left onto the popular roadway, if they're coming from Westchester Avenue.

Signs were installed recently, as part of the change.

In a tweet, Winter Park Police explained it's all meant to stop drivers from causing crashes.

About once or twice a month, Adam Offenback will hear the sound of a crash on Orange Avenue from his home.

"There's people going double or triple the speed limit all the time here," he said. "Some are just fender benders. Some are pretty serious."

The new signs come about a month after a representative from FDOT announced at an Orwin Manor community meeting that the agency has secured $1.9 million in funding from the Federal Highway Administration.

Residents began a campaign to get drivers to slow down after two women were killed in a crash at the intersection of Orange and Westchester avenues on New Year’s Eve 2017.

As of right now, the spokesperson said the money would be used to create a traffic circle at the corner of Orange and Clay avenues in Orlando, reduce Orange Avenue to one lane in each direction as it heads north into Winter Park.

The money would be used to implement two left-turn lanes at the corner of Orlando Avenue.

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