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10 News FEBRUARY 2017 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM data, including traffic volumes, speeds and traffic routing, during two 30-day phases, a baseline period and test period during which left turning movements at Edgewater Drive and Vassar Street were temporarily restricted. After a thorough review and analysis by our Transportation Engineers, I wanted to share our find- ings with you and our future plans. Data collected during test period showed no signifi- cant impact to surrounding streets. However, a review of the signal timing showed that improvements to corri- dor operations and pedestrian safety could be achieved through signal timing optimization without impacting access due to left turn restrictions. Based on these results, the Transportation Engineering Division is implementing multiple phases that will address the current and future needs of the corridor, which will help to increase efficiency of traf- fic movement, access and further enhance pedestrian safety to the commercial corridor. Phase IA includes signal timing optimization, utiliz- ing the traffic data collected during the study and Phase 18 includes upgrading pedestrian crossings at Yale Street, Princeton Street, Smith Street and Vassar Street on Edgewater Drive. The crosswalk improve- ments will include the installation of audible pedes- trian signals, ADA compliant ramps and textured brick colored crosswalks to improve visibility and aesthetics. Phase II will include recollecting traffic volumes as growth occurs within the corridor and re-evaluating the need for additional changes. The Phase IA improvements (signal timing optimiza- tion) are expected to begin and be completed in spring 2017. The Phase 18 improvements are currently under design and cost estimating with implementation being targeted to take place in the summer of 2017. Phase II is expected to take place in the 2019/2020 timeframe. The City of Orlando remains committed to work- ing with you, our residents and businesses, to keep our neighborhoods and roadways safe. We will continue to monitor this area for future opportunities and to ensure we support the long-range vision plan estab- lished by the community for strategic growth in this area. To access the complete study results, see renderings of the proposed enhancements and review continu- ous updates on the project, please visit cityoforlando. net/edgewater. For questions, please email traffic. email@example.com TRAFFIC STUDY Continued from Cover KARL JOSEPH Continued from Cover surrounded myself with the right people, and I refused to stay down and feel sorry for myself.” Edgewater High School teacher Kyle Leisher told students, “I did not bring Karl here because of the NFL. I brought him here because of the person that he is and the decisions that he’s made in his life.” Leisher went on to say, “It starts with one little decision. Karl had never been in cold weather in his life, but took a leap of faith to go to West Virginia and now is a heat-seeking missile in the NFL.” Joseph was gracious and reserved in his comments throughout the day inside the school, but his speech to the varsity football team in the field house will be a speech no one in that room will soon forget. He demonstrated his passion and what it meant to him to be an Edgewater alumnus with every passing word. He started by saying how important it is to set goals. “If you want it, you have to go and take it, no matter what anybody tells you,” Joseph said. “They told me I was too small and could never play in NFL, but I wanted it, so I went and took it.” To wrap up the day, Edgewater varsity football coach Cameron Duke asked his players what they learned from their meeting with Karl Joseph. One player said one word: “Leadership.” Another said, “Hard work.” Before leaving for the day, Joseph made sure to impress upon the players how important academics are to achiev- ing excellence at the next level. Coach Duke backed that up by saying, “The first thing the scouts ask for after seeing your film is the transcripts.” Joseph told them that after his freshman year, he let his academics go by the wayside and was not eligible to start as a sophomore. “That was the last time I took my grades for granted,” Joseph said. “You have to decide what’s more important — having fun now or making millions later.” Since 2012, Karl Joseph has returned to his Edgewater High School roots multiple times, and he shared that “helping rebuild the culture of this school and the football program is extremely important to me. I have so many great memories here.” Joseph said he hopes to return to Orlando multiple times this year to help his mother move into her new house before he has to report back to the Oakland Raiders camp in the spring. As a leader, one can only hope to spark the next individual to step up and make a difference, and based on the faces and smiles seen with Karl Joseph that day at Edgewater High School, more young leaders were born. Francis Zipeto EHS 2012 graduates Karl Joseph and girlfriend Xenia Taylor spent the day visiting with former teachers and inspir- ing current students to work hard and never give up their dreams. , family. We are your neighbors, your friends, and just like TOM AND DEBORAH COOK Tom Cell : 407.963.9862 | Tom Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Deborah Cell : 407.963.9856 | Deborah Email : email@example.com TomAndDeborahCook.com TWO MINDS. ONE GOAL. 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