Vote of the week: What's the worst intersection in Orlando?
By Robert NilesORLANDO, Florida - Driving around Central Florida this week has reminded me of one of my least favorite parts of visiting the Orlando-area theme parks: Nasty traffic.
Published: August 12, 2010 at 7:45 PM
You can avoid much of the hassle by staying on-property at Walt Disney World or the Universal Orlando Resort, and never venturing away from the parks. But for more most visitors, getting stuck in one of the Orlando area's notorious intersections has become part of the vacation experience.
Remember that Florida's just a thin crust of rock, floating on the ocean. Sinkholes abound, forming lakes that make it impossible to maintain any sort of coherent street grid. So traffic flows along meandering arterial routes that intersect with nasty jams at certain times of day.
We've been talking on the discussion board about a few of the worst. So here are our nominees for worst intersection in the Orlando-area theme park zone:
State Road 535, between Apopka Vineland and Hotel Plaza Blvd. - This is a "double intersection": Both were nominated, but it's impossible to separate the two, since each contributes to the other's problem. If you've ever tried to drive to the Crossroads shopping plaza, or the Hotel Plaza, you've been stuck in this mess.
International Drive and Sand Lake Road - Sand Lake separates the older, north end of I-Drive from the southern end. (It's where the Perkins is.) And all I-Drive traffic seems to get collected at this intersection at some point. (And that's a lot of traffic!)
Sand Lake Road and Turkey Lake Road - This is the intersection on Sand Lake on the other side of I-4. Once a simple intersection, the "back way" into Universal Orlando to the north and a Whole Foods/Walmart development to the south made this intersection a nightmare approaching its twin to the east.
International Drive and Universal Blvd. - On the northern end of I-Drive, this intersection's the home of Wet n' Wild, plus a huge amount of traffic heading into the Universal Orlando Resort. Unfortunately, Universal Express won't allow you to skip this line.
International Drive and Central Florida Pkwy. - On the southern end of I-Drive, this entrance to the SeaWorld theme parks also collects a lot of north-bound traffic heading into the Orange County Convention Center. And if there's an accident on I-4, everyone bails out here, clogging this intersection.
So, what's your pick? Tell us your traffic horror stories, in the comments.
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