July 2017


Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Five Miles

Of New Expressway


(APOPKA, FL) – The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) is holding a brief ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of its first five miles of the Wekiva Parkway (State Road 429) on Thursday, July 27, from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. The ceremony will include remarks from area dignitaries highlighting the history and significance of this long-awaited mobility solution.


Sections 1A and 1B, totaling $102.6 million in construction costs, extend from where the SR 429 currently ends at the Connector Road near US 441, to a new interchange at Kelly Park Road. The 5-mile stretch includes interchanges near US 441 at Connector Road and Kelly Park Road, along with bridges at Southfork Drive, Yothers Road, Ponkan Road and other locations.


Work began in the summer of 2015. This section of the parkway is expected to provide a much-needed alternative to local roads, including Plymouth Sorrento Road.


EVENT ACCESS: Attendees should enter at the Kelly Park Road southbound on ramp to the parkway just west of Plymouth Sorrento Road. Take the parkway south of the Yothers Road bridge. The event will be held under the next bridge at Belgian Street. Parking will be available along the southbound parkway shoulders.


Event attendees should adhere to all remaining safety signs and devices.


About the Wekiva Parkway


The Wekiva Parkway is the first expressway in Central Florida to feature all electronic tolling for customer convenience and to keep traffic moving. A Section 1A toll gantry also features the eye-catching aesthetic features found throughout the project.


CFX is building five parkway sections totaling 10 miles and more than $271 million in construction costs. The entire $1.6 billion Wekiva Parkway will complete Central Florida’s beltway by 2021, while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River.


About the Central Florida Expressway Authority


The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) is an independent agency of the state that operates and maintains a regional network of expressways for 2.3 million residents and more than 60 million visitors in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. Created by the Florida Legislature in 2014, CFX’s 118-mile user-funded system includes 815 center lane miles, 69 interchanges, 14 mainline toll plazas, 74 ramp toll plazas and 335 bridges and seven named expressways. On average, more than 1 million toll transactions are recorded daily, 85 percent of them electronically. CFX operates E-PASS, the first electronic toll collection system in Florida, which supports more than 300,000 E-PASS accounts.


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