Osceola County starts Hoagland expansion

A project to improve a segment of Hoagland Boulevard from John Young Parkway to north of the Shingle Creek Bridge will begin Monday, county officials announced.

The $10.7 million project, known as Hoagland Boulevard Phase 3, consists of building a four-lane divided roadway, with bike lanes 6 to 7 feet in width on each side, a 5-foot sidewalk on one side; a 6-foot to 8-foot wide sidewalk on the other side of the roadway, and adding improvements to the Shingle Creek Bridge.Hoagland Boulevard Phase 3 is about one mile in length.

The work will require shifts in traffic patterns and lane closures. The contractor and the county will coordinate notices to the public via Osceola’s social media (www.facebook.com/osceolacountyfl and http://twitter.com/osceolacountyfl) and a new website www.osceola.org/go/hoagland throughout the project, which is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2020.

“Widening and improving Hoagland Boulevard is a major transportation project and one that Chairman Hawkins and I have been trying to get going since we were elected to the commission,” said Commissioner Brandon Arrington. “It will help thousands of residents in their daily commutes and will provide significant benefits to residents, businesses and visitors. Eliminating some of the road’s curves (as part of Phase 2) will make driving this corridor more safe. I’m glad that we are making strides to advance our transportation infrastructure and improve the quality of life for our residents.”

Later this year, the county will advertise for the construction of Hoagland Boulevard Phase 2. This project will realign Hoagland Boulevard from north of the Shingle Creek Bridge to the existing four-lane section at 5th Street.

This next phase of work will include a four-lane divided roadway, 6-foot wide bike lanes, a 6-foot wide sidewalk along the east side of the roadway and an 8-foot to 10-foot wide path along the west side of Hoagland Boulevard. Phase 2, which is expected to cost approximately $27.5 million, also includes a new overpass, which will span the SunRail railroad tracks. Work on that section will have fewer impacts on traffic patterns, as essentially a new 2.15-mile long roadway will be built to the west and south of Kissimmee Gateway Airport to connect the north and south segments of the road. Construction is expected to start on Phase 2 in the first quarter of 2019.