Orlando leaders break ground on I-Drive project

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

Orlando city leaders broke ground on a project meant to keep pedestrians safe and ease traffic on International Drive Tuesday.

The project from Universal Boulevard to Oak Ridge Road will include a lane for buses, new bike lanes and new sidewalks.

The city of Orlando gathered Tuesday to ease congestion along International Drive.

More than a dozen police were brought in to block lanes while dozens of people cross through traffic for the tented event.

The announcement was more than $9 million in improvements by 2015 that should help update the look of International Drive and improve pedestrian safety.

"It will provide dedicated bus lanes, 10-foot-wide sidewalks, so it's going to improve the transit options, it's going to improve traffic congestion, it's going to give more safety for pedestrians and bicyclists," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

The event tied up traffic for about an hour and a half Tuesday morning.