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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.

 

MOUNT DORA _ Crews on Monday, April 16, beginning at 9 p.m. are scheduled to move all U.S. Highway 441 traffic onto temporary pavement along the State Road (S.R.) 46 southbound on- and off-ramps as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). This traffic diversion will include requiring drivers to stop at a temporary traffic signal at S.R. 46 during construction (see top blue arrow on exhibit below).  

 

The traffic diversion will allow crews to rebuild this portion of U.S. 441 (shown as the red hashed area in the graphic below) and remove the overpass. This work is part of the Wekiva Parkway Sections 3A and 3B construction that began October 30, 2017.

 

To allow removal of the U.S. 441 overpass, S.R. 46 traffic later during this phase will shift onto nearby temporary pavement (see bottom blue arrow on exhibit below).

 

 

 

As part of this project, the U.S. 441 / S.R. 46 interchange will be converted to an at-grade, signalized intersection. A flyover ramp will provide continuous traffic flow from the north and heading east on S.R. 46 toward the parkway

(see exhibit to the right).

 

Motorists should be alert for lane closures and other traffic impacts during these activities.

 

Once traffic has been diverted, crews will begin removing the bridge and building the east side or future northbound lanes; they also will begin building the flyover bridge. Once the east side is done, traffic will switch onto those new lanes while work begins on the west side or the new southbound lanes.

 

Once both the new outside northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 441 have been built, traffic will be split to allow building the median and turn lanes. Work on this section is scheduled to finish in spring of 2020.

 

For questions and concerns please contact Mary Brooks, Public Information Officer 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.

 

 

                                                                

 

Seminole County – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is holding a public information meeting about the Wekiva Parkway Section 8 Design-Build Project in Seminole County. The public meeting is being held to review the latest preliminary design.  

 

The Section 8 design-build project is funded for construction in 2018. The project consists of designing and building 2.63 miles of limited access toll road from Orange Boulevard to east of Rinehart Road. The project includes a Wekiva Parkway interchange connecting to Interstate 4 (I-4) and State Road (SR) 417, completing the beltway around Central Florida.

 

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lakeside Fellowship United Methodist Church located at 305 S. Orange Boulevard in Sanford. The meeting is an informal open house where plans are available for review and project staff is available to address questions.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator by phone at (386) 943-5367, or via email at Jennifer.Smith2@dot.state.fl.us.

 

Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services, free of charge, should contact: Ms. Mary Brooks, Quest Corporation of America, by writing to her at 2431 Aloma Avenue, Suite 231, Winter Park, FL 32792, or by calling (407) 694-5505 or contacting her via e-mail at info@wekivaparkway.com at least seven days prior to the meeting. 

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Olson, FDOT Public Information Manager at steve.olson@dot.state.fl.us, or by telephone at (386) 943-5479. You may also contact Public Information Officer Mary Brooks at info@wekivaparkway.com, or by telephone at (407) 694-5505. For more information visit the project website at www.wekivaparkway.com, and follow the project on Facebook and Twitter

 

 

 

Lake County - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is holding an access management public hearing regarding the Wekiva Parkway (State Road (SR) 429) Sections 3A, 3B and 5. These improvements are funded for construction to begin in 2017.

 

Section 3A will widen one mile of State Road (SR) 46, and other non-toll road improvements, from east of Vista View Lane to east Round Lake Road. Section 3B will make widening and other improvements to SR 46 and US 441, including building a flyover interchange in that location in Mount Dora. Section 5 is also a non-toll road improvement that will relocate County Road (CR) 46A out of the Seminole State Forest, thereby improving habitat connectivity and reducing the risk of conflicts between vehicles and wildlife. CR 46A will be realigned 2.5 miles from north of Arundel Way to connect to SR 429 east of Camp Challenge Road. Work will include roadway widening, medians and turn lanes, sidewalks, drainage, lighting, sign and pavement markings, utilities and other roadway features on all three sections.

 

The public hearing will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker Street, Mount Dora, Florida 32757. The meeting begins with an open house at 5:30 p.m., where participants may review project information and discuss the project with staff. There will be a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m., after which participants may provide comments to all present. The hearing ends at 7:30 p.m. Staff members will be available to discuss the project and answer questions before and after the presentation. Participants may also provide comments directly to a court reporter at any time during the hearing. Written comments can be submitted at the hearing, by mail to Mary Brooks, Public Involvement Coordinator, 2431 Aloma Avenue, Suite 231, Winter Park, Florida 32792, or by e-mail to info@wekivaparkway.com. Written comments must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, July 26, 2016, the end of the 10-day comment period. All comments, written and oral, received by that date will become part of the project’s public record.

 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator by phone at (386) 943-5367, or via email at Jennifer.Smith2@dot.state.fl.us.

 

Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or people who require translation services (free of charge), should contact: Mary Brooks, 407-694-5505 or via e-mail at info@wekivaparkway.com at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).

 

FDOT reminds drivers to slow down in construction zones; the life you save might be your own.

 

 

 

Section 4 Opening & Industry Forum

 

Wekiva Parkway Section 4 Opening_Media Advisory January 2016

 

Wekiva Parkway FDOT Industry Forum January 2016

 

Wekiva Parkway Section 2 Public Meeting Notice September 2015

 

Wekiva Parkway Section 5 & 6 Public Meeting Notice April 2015

 

Wekiva Parkway Section 7A Public Meeting Notice February 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Another multi million dollar road project in the works (from WFTV.com)

 

Wekiva Parkway PD&E Study Wins 2014 FICE Engineering Excellence Award

 

AnchorWekiva Parkway Sections 3A & 3B Public Meeting Notice June 24, 2014

 

Wekiva Parkway Sections 5 & 6 Public Meeting Notice April 29, 2014

 

Wekiva Parkway Section 2 Public Meeting Scheduled Nov. 7

 

Wekiva Parkway Section 7A Public Meeting Scheduled Nov. 12

 

Wekiva Parkway Section 4A & 4B Begins Bridge Pile Driving_September 15, 2013

 

Gov. Rick Scott Helps Kick Off Wekiva Parkway_July 10, 2013

 

Wekiva Parkway Website Launches as Community Resource, June 15, 2012

 

Wekiva Parkway Website Expands Content, Interactive Features, Aug. 8, 2012

 

Wekiva Parkway Gopher Tortoise Relocation, Jan. 4, 2013