How can we fix S.R. 426?
The state is seeking citizens’ input on plans to rehab the road and improve safety along the 1.7-mile stretch
More than 600 car crashes, including 203 injuries and two deaths, occurred on the curved sections of S.R. 426 between Park Avenue and Lakemont Avenue between 2017 and 2022 — statistics the Florida Department of Transportation is looking to combat with a series of changes to the road.
Construction is slated to begin in 2026 to add features like landscaped medians, pedestrian barriers, raised intersections and crosswalks to the narrow and curvy passage.
Residents can drop in to a meeting in-person or virtually on Tuesday between 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the Winter Park Events Center. A 20-minute video presentation will play on a loop and FDOT staff will be on hand to answer questions and hear ideas. For more information and link to connect virtually click here.
To determine exactly how the plan looks, the state is presenting two alternatives to residents and will combine the best features of both into the final design, according to materials provided by FDOT.
The idea is to reduce traffic speeds and increase driver awareness through the corridor that serves as an important east-west connector from Winter Park to Oviedo and beyond. Speeding is common through one of the main curves near Alberta Avenue, known as the Southern Curve, where the posted limit is 25 miles per hour, but FDOT data shows the average speed is more than 34 miles per hour.
Distracted driving and lane departures were the most common factors in the traffic accidents on the stretch, FDOT reported.