Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Orlando Unveils "President Barack Obama Parkway"

Orlando Unveils Barack Obama Parkway
Roadway Will Eventually Connect Conroy Road To U.S. Highway 441
POSTED: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
UPDATED: 12:51 pm EDT October 11, 2011
Source:  http://www.clickorlando.com/traffic/29448416/detail.html

ORLANDO, Fla. --
On the same day President Barack Obama will visit Orlando, the city unveiled the first part of a roadway project named after him.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony that showcased President Barack Obama Parkway, near the Mall at Millenia.

Phase I connects President Barack Obama Parkway north of Conroy Road to Metrowest Boulevard,
a mile-and-a-half stretch that includes lighting, sidewalks and on-street bike lanes. Shingle Creek Trail, used by pedestrians and bicyclists, was also extended.  Dyer said 150 jobs were created in Phase I of construction, which cost $10.5 million. The city will hire 150 more workers when Phase II begins, he said.

"One of the things that we have done in the city is some of the capital construction projects that we have the funding for that we have on the books. We expedited them so we could create the jobs when we needed them," Dyer said.

When the project is completed, the parkway will extend from Conroy Road to U.S. Highway 441 in Apopka, a nine-mile stretch. The roadway will provide an alternate to Kirkman Road and John Young Parkway.

Obama is scheduled to visit Orlando for two separate fundraisers, one of which will be held at prominent attorney John Morgan's house in Heathrow.

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