The nearly two-year wait for the reopening of North Bumby Avenue ends Friday afternoon.

Bumby is a major cut through for residents of Colonialtown North, Audubon Park and Baldwin Park. Bumby Avenue between Colonial and Corrine drives will open to traffic by 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The roadway was closed in April 2015 as part of the North Bumby Avenue Improvement Project. The City of Orlando reconstructed the road and installed a new drainage system to reduce flooding. The city planted more than 125 trees, built a 10-foot wide multi-use path and added new sidewalks and crosswalks.

A community celebration of the opening of the roadway will be held at 9:30 a.m. April 15. Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 3 City Commissioner Robert F. Stuart and District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan will join in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The celebration will be followed by a bike ride on the path to Audubon Park Garden District. Bikers will meet at Lake Druid Park and ride their bikes to the intersection of Oregon Street and Bumby. Juice Bikes will be at Lake Druid Park with a limited number of bikes available on a first come, first serve basis.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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