PROJECT NEWS

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.

 

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

August 6, 2019
Sorrento, Fla. – Crews are scheduled at night on Tuesday, Aug. 6, to intermittently stop traffic in both directions on State Road (S.R.) 46 just west of the Wekiva River. The stoppage, to occur between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., is expected to last 10 minutes or less 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. 
 
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Section 8: Shoulder Closures Scheduled for State Road 417 Ramp to I-4

August 5, 2019
Sanford, Fla. – Crews are scheduled nightly from 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 5 – Wednesday, Aug. 7, to close the shoulder of the State Road (S.R.) 417 ramp to westbound Interstate 4 (I-4) as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). The ramp shoulder closures will allow crews to unload concrete barrier wall for future use. 
 
Law enforcement officers will be on site and electronic message boards are posted to alert drivers. Please note this schedule may change due to weather or other unexpected conditions.  
 
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.
 
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 8: Lane Closures Scheduled on International Parkway

August 3, 2019

Sanford, Fla. – Crews are scheduled on Aug. 5 – Aug. 12 to close the inside northbound and southbound lanes on International Parkway from State Road (S.R.) 417 to Wilson Road as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). The lane closures, scheduled 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily, will allow crews to clear the median for bridge work.

 

Flaggers will assist in directing traffic. Electronic message boards are posted to alert drivers. Please note this schedule may change due to weather or other unexpected conditions.

 

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. 

 

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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Capri Cove Update - Presentation

July 29, 2019

Wekiva River Road Update - Presentation

July 29, 2019

Section 7A: Traffic Pattern Changes Next Week Affecting S.R. 46, Wayside Drive, Capri Cove, and South Orange Avenue

July 25, 2019
Sanford, Fla. – Multiple traffic pattern changes are scheduled soon that will change access for residents and motorists traveling in the area of State Road (S.R.) 46, Wayside Drive and South Orange Avenue. The road closures and new traffic patterns are part of building Wekiva Parkway Section 7A along S.R. 46 from Longwood Markham Road to Orange Boulevard. 
 
Some of the following changes will be temporary, while others will be permanent. All changes take effect on Monday, July 29:  
 
S.R. 46 Traffic Shift: On Monday, July 29, traffic on westbound S.R. 46 will merge into a single right (outside) lane east of Orange Boulevard, providing a single through lane, single right turn lane, and a single left turn lane at the existing signal. A temporary left turn lane will be installed on S.R. 46 for accessing South Center Road heading west on S.R. 46. These changes will allow construction of the new Wekiva Parkway westbound service road and other portions of the parkway on the north side of the corridor. 
 
Wayside Drive Closure: On Monday, July 29, Wayside Drive will close from Orange Boulevard to South Orange Avenue and from S.R. 46 to Forest Avenue. This will allow the elevated parkway to be built in this area, including bridges over Orange Boulevard. 
 
Capri Cove and South Orange Avenue Access: On Monday, July 29, residents of Capri Cove and South Orange Avenue will use a temporary access road to Wayside Drive. Residents will then take Wayside Drive to South Center Road to get to S.R. 46. This will allow the new, permanent side street connection to Orange Boulevard to be built. 
 
Electronic message boards are posted. Please be advised work is dependent on weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. Work on Section 7A 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: S.R. 46 Crane Move Requires Overnight Lane Closure

July 24, 2019

Sanford, Fla. - Crews are scheduled overnight Thursday, July 25, to conduct lane closures on State Road (S.R.) 46 to move a crane from Longwood-Markham Road to Glade View Drive as part of building the Wekiva Parkway. S.R. 46 traffic intermittently will alternate through one lane for a few hours beginning at 1 a.m. to allow crews to safely move the crane along this 1.8 mile stretch.

 

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 3: Traffic Signal Work Requires Nighttime Lane Closures at S.R. 46 and Round Lake Road Intersection

July 24, 2019

Mount Dora, Fla. - Crews are scheduled on Thursday night, July 25, from 7:30 p.m. - 7 a.m., to intermittently close lanes at the State Road (S.R.) 46 and Round Lake Road intersection as part of building the Wekiva Parkway. The lane closures are required to install traffic detection devices to improve signal operations.

 

Law enforcement officers will be on site to 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 spring of 2020. This 3-mile stretch of non-tolled road improvements includes widening S.R. 46 and U.S. 441 to six lanes, installing sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements, and building a flyover ramp.

 

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.

 

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 386-943-5473. 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.

 

 

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C.R. 46A Paving Requires Single Lane Closures, Detour at Red Tail Boulevard

July 23, 2019

Sorrento, Fla. – Crews today and Wednesday, July 23 and 24, are scheduled to alternate traffic through one lane on County Road (C.R.) 46A from Arundel Way to near Red Tail Boulevard as part of building the Wekiva Parkway.  The flagging operations scheduled through midnight are needed to allow crews to pave the new alignment of C.R. 46A.

 

Access to the Red Tail community has been detoured through a temporary access road to allow crews to build the new entrance connection to the new C.R. 46A. Electronic message boards have been posted. Please be advised that weather or other unexpected conditions could delay or prolong work.

 

Wekiva Parkway Section 5, one of the Florida Department of Transportation’s non-tolled road projects, on June 5, 2017 began relocating part of 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.

 

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: Access Changes and Road Closures Planned

July 21, 2019

Sanford, Fla. – Multiple traffic pattern changes are scheduled soon that will change access for residents and motorists traveling in the area of State Road (S.R.) 46, Wayside Drive and Orange Boulevard as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429).

 

The road closures and new traffic patterns are part of building Wekiva Parkway Section 7A along S.R. 46 from Longwood Markham Road to Orange Boulevard. Some of the following changes will be temporary, while others will be permanent:

 

Wayside Drive Closure: Wayside Drive will close from Orange Boulevard to South Orange Avenue and from S.R. 46 to Forest Avenue on July 23, 2019. This will allow the elevated parkway to be built in this area, including bridges over Orange Boulevard.

 

Capri Cove and South Orange Avenue Access: Residents of Capri Cove and South Orange Avenue will use a temporary access road to Wayside Drive. Residents will take Wayside Drive to South Center Road to get to S.R. 46. This change will begin on July 23, 2019. This will allow the new, permanent side street connection to Orange Boulevard to be built.

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Please be advised that weather or other unexpected conditions could delay or prolong work. Work on Section 7A 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: Nighttime Lane Closures Planned for Paving Work

July 19, 2019

Sanford, Fla. - Crews are scheduled tonight, July 22, to conduct lane closures in two locations to perform paving work as part of Wekiva Parkway Section 7A.

 

State Road (S.R.) 46: Traffic will alternate through one lane on S.R. 46 from Maureen Drive to Yankee Lake Road beginning at 9 p.m. to make repairs to existing pavement.

 

South Orange Avenue (Capri Cove Access): Residents on South Orange Avenue and in Capri Cove will be flagged in and out of their community beginning at 6 p.m. so that a new temporary detour can be paved.

 

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: S.R. 46 Bridge Work Requires Lane Closure

July 17, 2019

Sanford, Fla. - Crews are scheduled today, July 17, and Thursday, July 18, to close the outgoing lane of River Oaks Circle at State Road (S.R.) 46. Traffic in both directions will alternate through one lane to allow crews to perform bridge work.

 

Flaggers will direct traffic. Emergency vehicle traffic will be maintained to River Oaks Circle.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 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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Wekiva Parkway Section 7B Begins Construction

July 16, 2019

Sanford, Fla.  –  Construction has begun to widen State Road (S.R) 46 to six lanes from Orange Boulevard to Oregon Street-Wayside Drive as part of building the Wekiva Parkway. Initial work includes clearing vegetation between International Parkway, S.R. 46, and Wayside Drive for a planned retention pond. Traffic safety devices are also being set up at this time.

 

In the coming weeks crews also will begin preparing the median of S.R. 46 to shift traffic onto temporary lanes. Work began on July 15, 2019, and is scheduled to finish in 2021.

 

The final section of the $1.6 billion parkway, Section 7B involves non-tolled improvements on S.R. 46 from Orange Boulevard to Wayside Drive-Oregon Street near Interstate 4 in Seminole County. Work on this 1.3-mile project will include widening S.R. 46 within the existing right of way, as well as installing street lighting, medians, bike lanes, traffic signal upgrades, drainage, and other roadway features. Work also will include a 10-foot sidewalk along the south side of this corridor.

 

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 386-943-5473. 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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More than 80 Attend FDOT Section 7B Pre-construction Public Meeting

July 9, 2019

Sanford, Fla. - The Florida Department of Transportation’s pre-construction public meeting for Wekiva Parkway Section 7B on July 9, 2019, drew 84 attendees. This meeting was the last of 32 public meetings for the Wekiva Parkway project.

 

Section 7B will widen State Road 46 (S.R.) to six lanes from Orange Boulevard to Wayside Drive-Oregon Street. The work involves 1.3 miles of improvements, including  medians, sidewalk, bike lanes, traffic signal upgrades, drainage, sign and pavement marking, utilities, and other roadway features. There will be a 10-foot-wide sidewalk installed along the south side of S.R. 46 as part of this project.

 

Attendees at the meeting at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 121 N. Henderson Lane, were able to view a multi-media presentation and speak directly with staff to get their questions answered and to express their concerns. Among the communities represented were: Lake Forest, Forest Glen, Capri Cove, and Wekiva River Oaks.

 

Questions and comment topics included: Landscaping, requests for “No U-Turn” signage at the median of SR 46 at North Henderson Lane, concerns about loss of right turn lanes into and out of the Publix Plaza, and drivers speeding up behind drivers trying to turn. Attendees commented that the project looked good and were appreciative that there would be minimal impacts to traffic during construction.

 

Among the officials attending were: Jean Jreij and Matt Hassan, Seminole County Public Works; William Morris and others with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office; and Dennis Miller with Seminole County Fire Rescue.

 

Public meeting exhibits, handouts and other materials are available at the links below:

 

Section 7B Map

Section 7B Typical Section

Wekiva Parkway Corridor Fact Sheet

Section 7B Fact Sheet

Public Comment Form

Wekiva Parkway Toll Flyer - English/Spanish