Plans are in place for a new traffic light in Oviedo, one that will create a new intersection at the junction of Mitchell Hammock Road and S. Lake Jessup Avenue.
City planners project that the new light will not only help alleviate some of the rush-hour traffic in that stretch, but give business owners – particularly those on the south side of Mitchell Hammock – better access for passing motorists.
"It's been designed already," said Bobby Wyatt, public works director for the City of Oviedo. "We've acquired some right-of-way and now we just have to construct it."
Wyatt said the project will be a public-private partnership with the majority of funds derived from the city, and believes work should be underway before the end of December.
Plans call for the southward extension of S. Lake Jessup Road – about 100 yards – with a termination at the edge of a retention pond to the rear of an existing business: Taco Bell.
There are no plans for further extension at this time – the city owns much of the as-yet-undeveloped land there – but it will hook west toward the Top Dog Express Car Wash & Oil Change.
"The car wash is working with us to get the construction done," Wyatt said.
Top Dog co-owners Tony Schissel and Chad Ibbotson have been operating their businesses in Central Florida for nearly two decades. While the company's Sanford, Lake Mary and Melbourne locations were sold in 2015, a new Altamonte Springs car wash opened last year. Oviedo and Lake Nona are next in the queue.
Wyatt could not put a price tag on the project, but said Ibbotson would be coordinating the hiring of contractors. Ibbotson did not respond to requests for comment.