Improvements made to popular Orlando road near airport



ORLANDO, Fla. - Improvements have been made to a popular Orlando road that many travelers see shortly after they land at Orlando International Airport.

Changes were made to Semoran Boulevard, and local leaders want to make sure drivers notice.

At many intersections, such as the one on La Costa Road, crosswalks have been redesigned not just to make them more attractive, but also safer for pedestrians who have to cross the street.

In the medians, new brick pavers have been laid and trees have been planted.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioner Tony Ortiz put the final paver in place just about an hour ago, which was the ceremonial end to the first phase of the massive $2.8 million project that began a year ago.

The goal is to give a better first impression for visitors who drive that way into town from the airport.

"It's an important gateway for the millions of visitors who come from the airport. It's very important we show our best face," said Dyer.

Dyer and commissioners said it is just the end of phase one, and better looking roads will attract better businesses.