PROJECT NEWS

Section 8: Nighttime Shoulder Closures Scheduled on S.R. 417 Ramp at International Parkway

September 18, 2019

Sanford, Fla. – Crews are scheduled at night Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10 p.m. - 6 a.m., to conduct shoulder closures on the State Road (S.R.) 417 southbound ramp from International Parkway. The closures will allow crews to unload barrier wall for future use.

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.

 

The work is being conducted as part of Wekiva Parkway Section 8, which is building the interchange to connect S.R. 429, S.R. 417 and Interstate 4. Construction on this 2.63-mile project includes building nearly two dozen bridges, aesthetic walls and a toll gantry. The Wekiva Parkway includes all electronic tolling for the greatest customer convenience and to keep traffic moving.

 

Work on this $253.3 million project began in December 2018 and is expected to finish in late 2022.

 

The Florida Department of Transportation urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

 

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Section 3A & 3B: Striping Requires Nighttime Lane Closures on S.R. 46 and U.S. 441

September 17, 2019

Mount Dora, Fla. - Crews are scheduled at night on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 9 p.m. – 6 a.m., to conduct single lane closures at the State Road (S.R.) 46 and U.S. 441 intersection in Mount Dora. The lane closures are required so crews can perform striping work to prepare for the future U.S. 441 traffic shift onto new lanes.

 

Electronic message boards are in place. Please note this schedule may change due to weather or other unexpected conditions.

 

This work is part of Wekiva Parkway Sections 3A & 3B, which began in fall2017 and is scheduled to finish in summer 2020. This 3-mile stretch of non-tolled road improvements includes widening S.R. 46 and U.S. 441 to six lanes, sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements, and building a flyover ramp for the heavy traffic that will be trying to get to the parkway.

 

Media inquiries should be directed to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Communications Office at FDOT-D5COMM@dot.state.fl.us or by phone at 386-943-5479. For more information visit the project website at www.wekivaparkway.com, and follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

 

More Project Information: The Wekiva Parkway is completing the beltway around Central Florida, while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River. The FDOT and the Central Florida Expressway Authority so far have completed 13 miles of the eventual 25-mile toll road. The parkway provides travel alternatives, enhances safety and relieves area roads of traffic congestion.

 

Environmentalists refer to the Wekiva Parkway as a good example of transportation planning through environmentally sensitive areas. Parkway development has included conserving more than 3,400 acres of land, building wildlife bridges, and largely elevating the expressway to separate vehicles and wildlife.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

 

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Section 8: Nighttime Shoulder Closures Scheduled on S.R. 417 Ramp at International Parkway

September 13, 2019

Sanford, Fla. – Crews are scheduled at night Sunday, Sept. 15, through Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 10 p.m. - 6 a.m., to conduct shoulder closures on the State Road (S.R.) 417 southbound ramp from International Parkway. The closures will allow crews to unload barrier wall for future use.

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.

 

The work is being conducted as part of Wekiva Parkway Section 8, which is building the interchange to connect S.R. 429, S.R. 417 and Interstate 4. Construction on this 2.63-mile project includes building nearly two dozen bridges, aesthetic walls and a toll gantry. The Wekiva Parkway includes all electronic tolling for the greatest customer convenience and to keep traffic moving.

 

Work on this $253.3 million project began in December 2018 and is expected to finish in late 2022.

 

The Florida Department of Transportation urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

 

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Section 8: Nighttime Shoulder Closure Scheduled on S.R. 417 Ramp at International Parkway

September 12, 2019

Sanford, Fla. – Crews are scheduled at night on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 10 p.m. - 6 a.m., to conduct shoulder closures on the State Road (S.R.) 417 southbound ramp from International Parkway. The closures will allow crews to unload barrier wall for future use.

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.

 

The work is being conducted as part of Wekiva Parkway Section 8, which is building the interchange to connect S.R. 429, S.R. 417 and Interstate 4. Construction on this 2.63-mile project includes building nearly two dozen bridges, aesthetic walls and a toll gantry. The Wekiva Parkway includes all electronic tolling for the greatest customer convenience and to keep traffic moving.

 

Work on this $253.3 million project began in December 2018 and is expected to finish in late 2022.

 

The Florida Department of Transportation urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

 

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Section 6: S.R. 46 Striping Requires Single Lane Closures

September 10, 2019

Sanford, Fla. – On Thursday, Sept. 12, from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m., crews are scheduled to conduct single lane closures on State Road (S.R.) 46 from River Oaks Circle to Wekiva Park Drive as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). Traffic in both directions will be flagged through one lane so crews can conduct striping.

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather, or other circumstances.

 

This work is part of Wekiva Parkway Section 6, which began construction on Oct. 17, 2017. The six-mile stretch of largely elevated expressway will extend along the S.R. 46 corridor from the S.R. 429 interchange east of Camp Challenge Road to just west of Longwood-Markham Road. 

 

The project includes a non-tolled, service road for local travel, new, much higher bridges over the Wekiva River, and several wildlife bridges to allow animals to pass safely between the Seminole State Forest, Rock Springs Run State Reserve, and Lower Wekiva River Preserve.

 

A multi-use trail with scenic overlooks at the wildlife bridges will be included along the service road on this section. Work will include connector roads between remaining sections of County Road (C.R.) 46A and S.R. 46 to maintain private property access. Work is scheduled to finish in 2021. 

 

For more information about the project can be found at www.wekivaparkway.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates. 

 

Media inquiries should be directed to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Communications Office at FDOT-D5COMM@dot.state.fl.us or by phone at 386-943-5479. For more information visit the project website at www.wekivaparkway.com, and follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

 

More Project Information: The Wekiva Parkway is completing the beltway around Central Florida, while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River. The FDOT and the Central Florida Expressway Authority so far have completed 13 miles of the eventual 25-mile toll road. The parkway provides travel alternatives, enhances safety and relieves area roads of traffic congestion.

 

Environmentalists refer to the Wekiva Parkway as a good example of transportation planning through environmentally sensitive areas. Parkway development has included conserving more than 3,400 acres of land, building wildlife bridges, and largely elevating the expressway to separate vehicles and wildlife.

 

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Section 5: S.R. 46 Paving Requires Single Lane Closures

September 6, 2019

Sorrento, Fla. – On Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., crews will intermittently close eastbound and westbound lanes of State Road (S.R.) 46 between the flashing signal at Sorrento Avenue and S.R. 429. Traffic in both directions will be flagged through one lane so crews can conduct paving.

 

This work is part of Wekiva Parkway Section 5, which began construction on June 5, 2017. The project included relocating part of County Road (C.R.) 46A out of the Seminole State Forest. This $9.9 million project is intended to improve connectivity between wildlife habitats and reduce the risk of collisions between vehicles and wildlife.

 

The project realigns C.R. 46A for 2.5 miles from north of Arundel Way to S.R. 429 east of Camp Challenge Road. Work has included building a multi-use trail along the S.R. 46 portion of the project, and a new signalized, T-intersection at C.R. 46A and S.R. 46. Work is expected to finish by late 2019.

 

For more information about the project can be found at www.wekivaparkway.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

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Section 6: New Traffic Pattern: S.R. 46 Travel Lanes Split Around Work Zone

September 5, 2019

Sanford, Fla. – Crews are scheduled tonight, Sept. 5, from 8 p.m. – 6:30 a.m., to conduct single lane closures on State Road (S.R.) 46 from River Oaks Circle to Longwood Markham Road as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). Traffic in both directions will be alternated through one lane.

 

The lane closures will allow crews to pave temporary lanes in preparation for major traffic changes that will split the two, S.R. 46 travel lanes around part of the work zone. This change will allow crews to build the eastbound service road and related improvements.

 

The traffic pattern changes will remain in place for several months. Drivers should be aware of the following changes beginning early Friday morning, Sept. 6:    

   

  • Westbound S.R. 46 traffic will shift onto temporary lanes along the north side of the work zone from River Oaks Circle to Longwood Markham Road.
  • Eastbound S.R. 46 traffic will shift onto what was previously the westbound lane along that stretch of road. 
  • Motorists on Wekiva Park Drive will have a new stop bar from which to turn onto the temporary westbound S.R. 46 lane. They will have to cross a new median area to get to the eastbound S.R. 46 lane.
  • Traffic on Osprey Hammock Trail will shift onto a new temporary entrance to S.R. 46. Motorists on this side street will be able to turn right onto eastbound S.R. 46. Flaggers will direct motorists that want to go westbound on S.R. 46. A new crossing is planned to be complete by Sept. 6.

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather, or other circumstances.

 

This work is part of Wekiva Parkway Section 6, which began construction on Oct. 17, 2017. The six-mile stretch of largely elevated expressway will extend along the S.R. 46 corridor from the S.R. 429 interchange east of Camp Challenge Road to just west of Longwood-Markham Road.

 

The project includes a non-tolled, service road for local travel, new, much higher bridges over the Wekiva River, and several wildlife bridges to allow animals to pass safely between the Seminole State Forest, Rock Springs Run State Reserve, and Lower Wekiva River Preserve.

 

A multi-use trail with scenic overlooks at the wildlife bridges will be included along the service road on this section. Work will include connector roads between remaining sections of County Road (C.R.) 46A and S.R. 46 to maintain private property access. Work is scheduled to finish in 2021. Other project information can be found at www.wekivaparkway.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

 

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Lane Closures and Other Construction Activities Postponed Due to Pending Storm

August 29, 2019

Sanford/Sorrento/Mount Dora, Fla. – All Wekiva Parkway lane closures, traffic shifts, and other construction activities have been postponed due to the approach of  Hurricane Dorian.  All section crews  are securing the work zones by cleaning up construction debris and removing non-critical traffic safety devices.

 

Activities postponed include a traffic shift on State Road (S.R.) 46 from River Oaks Circle to Longwood Markham Road and S.R. 46 lane closures east of Orange Boulevard.

 

Other project information can be found at www.wekivaparkway.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

 

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Section 7A: Orange Boulevard Crane Move Requires Brief Daytime Lane Closure

August 27, 2019

Sanford, Fla. - Crews are scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 9:30 a.m., to conduct a brief lane closure on Orange Boulevard near Wayside Drive as part of building the Wekiva Parkway. Traffic will alternate intermittently through one lane for crews to safely move a crane.

 

Flaggers will direct traffic. Emergency vehicle traffic will be maintained. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.

 

The work is being conducted as part of building Wekiva Parkway Section 7A. Work on this stretch along S.R. 46 from Longwood-Markham Road to Orange Boulevard began April 1, 2018, and is scheduled to finish in 2022.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

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Section 7A: Orange Boulevard Crane Move Requires Brief Daytime Lane Closure

August 27, 2019

Sanford, Fla. - Crews are scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 9:30 a.m., to conduct a brief lane closure on Orange Boulevard near Wayside Drive as part of building the Wekiva Parkway. Traffic will alternate intermittently through one lane for crews to safely move a crane.

 

Flaggers will direct traffic. Emergency vehicle traffic will be maintained. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.

 

The work is being conducted as part of building Wekiva Parkway Section 7A. Work on this stretch along S.R. 46 from Longwood-Markham Road to Orange Boulevard began April 1, 2018, and is scheduled to finish in 2022.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

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Section 6: New Traffic Pattern: S.R. 46 Travel Lanes Split Around Work Zone

August 27, 2019

Sorrento, Fla. – Crews are scheduled Wednesday night, Aug. 28, from 8 p.m. – 6:30 a.m., to conduct single lane closures on State Road (S.R.) 46 from River Oaks Circle to Longwood Markham Road as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). Traffic in both directions will be alternated through one lane.

 

The lane closures will allow crews to pave temporary lanes in preparation for major traffic changes that will split the two, S.R. 46 travel lanes around part of the work zone. This change will allow crews to build the eastbound service road and related improvements.

 

Those traffic pattern changes will go into effect on Thursday night, Aug. 29, from 8 p.m. – 6:30 a.m., and will remain in place for several months. Drivers should be aware of the following changes beginning early Friday morning, Aug. 30:    

   

  • Westbound S.R. 46 traffic will shift onto temporary lanes along the north side of the work zone from River Oaks Circle to Longwood Markham Road.
  • Eastbound S.R. 46 traffic will shift onto what was previously the westbound lane along that stretch of road. 
  • Motorists on Wekiva Park Drive will have a new stop bar from which to turn onto the temporary westbound S.R. 46 lane. They will have to cross a new median area to get to the eastbound S.R. 46 lane.
  • Traffic on Osprey Hammock Trail will shift onto a new temporary entrance to S.R. 46. Motorists on this side street will be able to turn right onto eastbound S.R. 46. Flaggers will direct motorists that want to go westbound on S.R. 46. A new crossing is planned to be complete by Aug. 30.

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather, or other circumstances.

 

This work is part of Wekiva Parkway Section 6, which began construction on Oct. 17, 2017. The six-mile stretch of largely elevated expressway will extend along the S.R. 46 corridor from the S.R. 429 interchange east of Camp Challenge Road to just west of Longwood-Markham Road.

 

The project includes a non-tolled, service road for local travel, new, much higher bridges over the Wekiva River, and several wildlife bridges to allow animals to pass safely between the Seminole State Forest, Rock Springs Run State Reserve, and Lower Wekiva River Preserve.

 

A multi-use trail with scenic overlooks at the wildlife bridges will be included along the service road on this section. Work will include connector roads between remaining sections of County Road (C.R.) 46A and S.R. 46 to maintain private property access. Work is scheduled to finish in 2021. Other project information can be found at www.wekivaparkway.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

 

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Section 8: Nighttime Shoulder Closures Scheduled on S.R. 417 Ramp at International Parkway

August 26, 2019

Sanford, Fla. – Crews are scheduled at night on Monday, Aug. 26, and Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 10 p.m. - 6 a.m., to conduct shoulder closures on the State Road (S.R.) 417 southbound ramp from International Parkway. The closures will allow crews to unload barrier wall for future use.

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.

 

The work is being conducted as part of Wekiva Parkway Section 8, which is building the interchange to connect S.R. 429, S.R. 417 and Interstate 4. Construction on this 2.63-mile project includes building nearly two dozen bridges, aesthetic walls and a toll gantry. The Wekiva Parkway includes all electronic tolling for the greatest customer convenience and to keep traffic moving.

 

Work on this $253.3 million project began in December 2018 and is expected to finish in late 2022.

 

The Florida Department of Transportation urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

 

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Section 6: Nighttime S.R. 46 Traffic Stoppage Required for Crane Crossing

August 26, 2019

Sorrento, Fla. – Crews are scheduled at night on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and Thursday, Aug. 29, to intermittently stop traffic in both directions on State Road (S.R.) 46 just west of the Wekiva River bridge. The stoppage, to occur between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., is expected to be brief and will allow crews to move a large crane across the roadway for bridge work that is part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429).

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Law enforcement officers will direct traffic. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.

 

This work is part of Wekiva Parkway Section 6, which began construction on Oct. 17, 2017. The six-mile stretch of largely elevated expressway will extend along the S.R. 46 corridor from the S.R. 429 interchange east of Camp Challenge Road to just west of Longwood-Markham Road.

 

The project includes a non-tolled, service road for local travel, new, much higher bridges over the Wekiva River, and several wildlife bridges to allow animals to pass safely between the Seminole State Forest, Rock Springs Run State Reserve, and Lower Wekiva River Preserve.

 

A multi-use trail with scenic overlooks at the wildlife bridges will be included along the service road on this section. Work will include connector roads between remaining sections of County Road (C.R.) 46A and S.R. 46 to maintain private property access. Work is scheduled to finish in 2021. Other project information can be found at www.wekivaparkway.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

 

Section 7B: Nighttime Lane Closures Planned on S.R. 46

August 22, 2019

Sanford, Fla. – Crews are scheduled at night on Sunday, Aug. 25, through Thursday, Aug. 29, and Tuesday, Sept. 3, through Friday, Sept. 6, to conduct single lane closures on State Road (S.R.) 46 between Orange Boulevard and Wayside Drive/Oregon Street. A single lane in each direction will be closed from 8 p.m. - 6 a.m. for crews to install barrier wall and other traffic safety devices.

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Business access will be maintained. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.

 

This work is part of Wekiva Parkway Section 7B, which began construction on July 15, 2019. The project includes 1.3 miles of improvements to S.R. 46 in Seminole County, including roadway widening, medians, sidewalk, bike lanes, traffic signal upgrades, drainage, sign and pavement markings, utilities and other roadway features. Work is scheduled to finish in summer of 2021.

 

The Florida Department of Transportation urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

 

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Section 6: S.R. 46 Pipe Work Requires Nighttime Lane Closure

August 20, 2019

Sanford, Fla. - Crews are scheduled at night from 8 p.m. - 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 - Friday, Aug. 23, to close the westbound lane of State Road (S.R.) 46 at Longwood Markham Road as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). Traffic in both directions will alternate through one lane for pipe work.

 

Law enforcement officers will direct traffic. Emergency vehicle traffic will be maintained. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

 

This work is part of Wekiva Parkway Section 6, which began construction on Oct. 17, 2017. The six-mile stretch of largely elevated expressway will extend along the S.R. 46 corridor from the S.R. 429 interchange east of Camp Challenge Road to just west of Longwood-Markham Road.

 

The project includes a non-tolled, service road for local travel, new, much higher bridges over the Wekiva River, and several wildlife bridges to allow animals to pass safely between the Seminole State Forest, Rock Springs Run State Reserve, and Lower Wekiva River Preserve.

 

A multi-use trail with scenic overlooks at the wildlife bridges will be included along the service road on this section. Work will include connector roads between remaining sections of C.R. 46A and S.R. 46 to maintain private property access. Work is scheduled to finish in 2021. Other project information can be found at www.wekivaparkway.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

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Section 3A & 3B: Flyover Bridge Work Requires Nighttime Detour on S.R. 46

August 20, 2019

Mount Dora, Fla. - Crews are scheduled on multiple nights to close State Road (S.R.) 46 in both directions at U.S. 441 to allow crews to pour the bridge deck for the new flyover bridge. The closures and detours will occur from 12 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. on Thursday - Friday, Aug. 22 - 23, and from 8:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m., Sunday - Monday, Aug. 25 – 26 . Thru traffic will be detoured to U.S. 441, Wolf Branch Road, and Round Lake Road. Local travel will be accommodated.

 

 

Electronic message boards are in place and law enforcement officers will be on site to help direct drivers. Please note this schedule may change due to weather or other unexpected conditions.

 

This activity is part of Wekiva Parkway Sections 3A & 3B, which began in October of 2017. Work is scheduled to finish in summer of 2020. This 3-mile stretch of non-tolled road improvements includes widening S.R. 46 and U.S. 441 to six lanes, sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements, and building a flyover ramp for the heavy traffic that will be trying to get to the parkway.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

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Sections 3A & 3B: Pinecrest Road to Reopen, Groveland Road to Close

August 20, 2019

Mount Dora, Fla. - Crews are scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 21, to reopen Pinecrest Road at State Road (S.R.) 46 as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). The road was closed to allow crews to rebuild the side street entrance as part of widening the westbound lanes of S.R. 46 in this location.

 

Crews subsequently are scheduled to close Groveland Road at S.R. 46 to rebuild that side street entrance. Access to Groveland Road from S.R. 46 will be via the adjacent side street, Pinecrest Road.

 

This activity is part of Wekiva Parkway Sections 3A & 3B, which began in October of 2017.  Work is scheduled to finish in spring of 2020. This 3-mile stretch of non-tolled road improvements includes widening S.R. 46 and U.S. 441 to six lanes, sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements, and building a flyover ramp for the heavy traffic that will be trying to get to the parkway.

 

For questions and concerns please contact Mary Brooks, Community Outreach Specialist, at 407-694-5505 or via email at info@wekivaparkway.com. Please visit www.wekivaparkway.com for project information, and follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

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Section 7A: S.R. 46 Crane Move Requires Intermittent Daytime Lane Closures

August 17, 2019

Sanford, Fla. - Crews are scheduled Monday, Aug. 19, to conduct brief lane closures on State Road (S.R.) 46 to move a crane from Glade View Drive to Orange Boulevard as part of building the Wekiva Parkway. S.R. 46 traffic will alternate intermittently through one lane from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for crews to safely move the crane.

 

Crews will also use the work zone on Wayside Drive as part of the crane move. This will require a brief lane closure for residents of Capri Cove and South Orange Avenue.

 

Flaggers will direct traffic. Emergency vehicle traffic will be maintained. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.

 

The work is being conducted as part of building Wekiva Parkway Section 7A. Work on this stretch along S.R. 46 from Longwood-Markham Road to Orange Boulevard began April 1, 2018, and is scheduled to finish in 2022.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

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Section 7B: Eastbound S.R. 46 Traffic to Shift onto Temporary Lanes

August 16, 2019

Sanford, Fla. – Crews are scheduled from 8 p.m. on Sunday night, Aug. 18, to 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, to shift eastbound State Road (S.R.) 46 traffic onto temporary pavement between Orange Boulevard and Wayside Drive/Oregon Street. The eastbound lanes will shift into the median area to allow widening of the south side of the roadway.

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Business access will be maintained. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.

 

This work is part of Wekiva Parkway Section 7B, which began construction on July 15, 2019. The project includes 1.3 miles of improvements to S.R. 46 in Seminole County, including roadway widening, medians, sidewalk, bike lanes, traffic signal upgrades, drainage, sign and pavement markings, utilities and other roadway features. Work is scheduled to finish in summer of 2021.

 

FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

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Florida Transportation Agencies Win 2019 Toll Excellence Award for Protection of Wildlife, Natural Resources During Wekiva Parkway Project

August 9, 2019

Florida Transportation Agencies Win 2019 Toll Excellence Award for Protection of Wildlife, Natural Resources During Wekiva Parkway Project

Central Florida Expressway Authority, Florida Department of Transportation and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Selected for Social Responsibility Award

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) today announced three Florida transportation agencies – Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX), Florida Department of Transportation – District Five (FDOT), and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) - have been jointly awarded the 2019 Toll Excellence Award for Social Responsibility for their work helping to protect the wildlife and other natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River, a National Wild and Scenic River and Outstanding Florida Waterway, during development of the 25-mile Wekiva Parkway (State Road 429). 

 

The 2019 Toll Excellence Awards will formally be presented during IBTTA's 87th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, September 15-17, 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. One recipient will be honored with the prestigious President’s Award for Excellence during the awards ceremony.

 

“Central Florida Expressway Authority, Florida Department of Transportation – District Five and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise have been selected for their work together on the development and construction of the $1.6 billion Wekiva Parkway, helping to alleviate congestion, handle increased traffic volumes – while protecting the area’s wildlife and natural resources,” said Patrick Jones, Executive Director and CEO of IBTTA. “Each award winner has taken on a tough transportation challenge and worked with partners to find a practical solution. We’re incredibly proud of the work they’ve done to represent our industry. On behalf of the transportation community, we congratulate these three Florida transportation agencies on this well-deserve recognition.”

 

Laura Kelley, Executive Director, CFX said in response to the award selection, “The Wekiva Parkway has always been about so much more than just finishing Central Florida’s beltway. Everyone from the community, the environmentalists and our regional leaders were adamant that this major transportation initiative had to be done in a way that helped protect the environment. And the thousands of citizens we heard from made it abundantly clear the expressway needed to have that “parkway feel” – to blend in with the rural surroundings. The agency partners were dedicated in making this happen – and this award reinforces that accomplishment.”

 

Kevin J. Thibault, P.E., Secretary of Transportation, FDOT said, “The 13 miles of the parkway available now have truly made an impact on the lives of Central Floridians – whether they’re daily commuters or folks headed to the attractions. When the remaining sections open by the end of 2022, the Wekiva Parkway truly will have become a game-changer for the region – and a model for smart transportation planning through sensitive natural areas everywhere.”

 

As the first all-electronic tolling (AET) corridor in Central Florida, the parkway provides environmental benefits in addition to safety and convenience, noted Paul Wai, Executive Director, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise. “There are no cash booths to accept tolls, so vehicles do not have to stop and start at tolling points,” he added. “This results in reduced emissions from vehicles and less air pollution as well as less noise in this environmentally sensitive area.”

 

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve tolling. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in 23 countries on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address the critical infrastructure challenges of the 21st Century. For more information, please visit www.ibtta.org or join us on Twitter @IBTTA or #TollRoads.

 

Each year, IBTTA presents the Toll Excellence Awards to highlight the very best projects, innovations and solutions from the international tolling industry. The awards encourage the industry to share and celebrate new ideas and emerging practices in six categories: Administration and Finance; Customer Service and Marketing Outreach; Social Responsibility; Technology; Toll Operations, Engineering and Maintenance; and Private Sector Innovation. 

 

You can view the full list of 2019 winners by visiting this link.

 

For more information about the awards, please contact Bill Cramer, Communications Director, IBTTA, bcramer@ibtta.org; 202.210.2962.

 

 

 

Background on the 2019 Toll Excellence Award for Social Responsibility

 

Central Florida Expressway Authority, Florida Department of Transportation – District Five and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Wekiva Parkway (State Road 429) Project

 

With a population of more than 2.5 million and more than 72 million tourists visiting annually, Central Florida needed to complete the 25-mile Wekiva Parkway (State Road 429) to relieve the increasingly congested regional road network. The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) responded by building a $1.6-billion all-electronic tolling project that combines cutting-edge mobility and technology with enhanced environmental and social innovation, helping to protect wildlife and other natural resources surrounding the ecologically significant Wekiva River. In collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Five, and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, the project is guided by the 2004 Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act, which mandated environmental protections previously unseen in Florida. Under that legislation, CFX and FDOT bought 3,400 acres of conservation land that was previously slated for development, built 1.5 miles of wildlife bridges to replace two small tunnels, elevated the parkway to reduce vehicle collisions with wildlife, and limited the number of interchanges in the environmentally sensitive area. The project succeeded in providing a mobility solution with a true “parkway” feel while also helping to protect the environment surrounding the Wekiva River.

 

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The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve tolling. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in 23 countries on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address the critical infrastructure challenges of the 21st Century.

 

The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) is an independent, locally controlled toll agency that is responsible for construction, maintenance and operation of a 118-mile limited access expressway system that serves more than 3 million residents and an estimated 72 million annual visitors in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. CFX is committed to operating a world-class mobility network that advances customer-first transportation solutions - most recently introducing E-PASS Xtra, the first Florida-based dual-protocol toll transponder that seamlessly works everywhere E-PASS or E-ZPass is accepted in 18 states.

 

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise operates 483 miles of beautifully maintained safe toll highways, including the Mainline from Miami to Central Florida, as well as the Homestead Extension, the Sawgrass Expressway, the Seminole Expressway, the Beachline Expressway, the Southern Connector Extension of the Central Florida Greeneway, the Veterans Expressway, the Suncoast Parkway, the Polk Parkway, the Western Beltway, and the I-4 Connector.

 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT or Department) is an executive agency, which means it reports directly to the Governor. FDOT’s primary statutory responsibility is to coordinate the planning and development of a safe, viable, and balanced state transportation system serving all regions of the state, and to assure the compatibility of all components, including multimodal facilities. A multimodal transportation system combines two or more modes of movement of people or goods. Florida’s transportation system includes roadway, air, rail, sea, spaceports, bus transit, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.