Welcome to the Central Florida Expressway Authority’s Virtual Pre-Construction Information Meeting for the State Road 417 Corridor Widening Projects: Segment Four from Boggy Creek Road to Narcoossee Road.
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CFX is an independent agency of the state, governed by a Board of seven locally elected leaders and three governor appointees.
State Road 417 is part of the 125-mile regional expressway system that is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated by CFX.
CFX operates E-PASS, the first electronic toll collection system in Florida, with nearly 600,000 E-PASS accounts.The CFX limited access network, which serves 3 million residents and more than 75 million visitors, is fully funded by toll revenue; no tax dollars are used for CFX’s $2.7 billion 5-Year Work Plan.
If you would like to ask a question or make a comment at any time, just click on the envelope icon at the top, right of your screen. You will be able to type in your question or comment.
Public comment is essential in this process. Please get your comments regarding the information in this virtual meeting into CFX by Friday, December 4, 2020.
This virtual meeting is being conducted without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to Title VI compliance by the Central Florida Expressway Authority may do so by contacting Kevin Camara, public information officer, by mail, phone or email.
Public Information Officer
4974 ORL Tower Road
Orlando, FL 32807
All inquiries or complaints will be handled according to CFX procedure and in a prompt and courteous manner.
CFX is widening 22 miles of State Road 417 from International Drive to SR 528 to improve traffic flow on one of our system’s busiest expressways. Each day up to 95,000 vehicles travel this stretch of SR 417, and that number is expected to continue growing. This widening initiative is broken into five segments to minimize impacts to motorists.
This presentation focuses on the fourth segment to be constructed: from Boggy Creek Road to Narcoossee Road. This segment includes widening SR 417 by adding a lane in each direction, expanding the expressway from four to six travel lanes. CFX is also adding wider median shoulders that can temporarily accommodate traffic during emergency response events, such as traffic accidents or hurricane evacuations. This segment includes one proposed sound wall.
During design, a noise study—following state and federal guidelines—is conducted to determine noise impacts associated with the expressway widening. The study identifies noise-sensitive sites such as homes, schools, churches, and recreational areas along the project corridor. For these projects, sound walls have been considered for areas predicted to experience noise levels that reach or exceed 66 decibels or sound increases at least 15 decibels over existing noise levels. Additionally, the sound wall must provide at least a 5-decibel reduction to be considered feasible.
Sixty-six decibels would be slightly louder than heavy traffic 300 feet away; 15 decibels compares to the noise you would hear at night in a rural area. Think crickets. There is also consideration involving the cost-per-benefitted property. We have posted the Traffic Noise Analysis on the SR 417 Corridors Widening project web page. Please review it for details or contact us with questions. And remember – the sound walls lessen the road noise; they do not totally block out the sound.
During the design process, property owners who are identified as benefitting from proposed sound walls, are asked to vote on whether or not they want them. Ballots, like the one pictured here, have already been mailed to those people identified as benefitted property owners for this project.
This is a roadway and sound wall typical section. This graphic also shows the standard placement of the sound wall located at the outside shoulder of the expressway. Beyond the sound wall, you see the fence along the CFX right of way. Sometimes a sound wall is built close to the right of way line like in this project segment.
Construction on the fourth segment, from Boggy Creek Road to Narcoossee Road, is expected to begin mid-2021 and is expected to be completed mid-2023. In addition to the widening, there is one proposed sound wall along this stretch of the expressway, noted by the dotted orange lines along the expressway on the map.
Next, we will zoom in and focus on the location where the sound wall is proposed. Details of this wall – length and height – are not etched in stone and may change slightly with the final design. Again, this noise barrier will reduce the noise but won’t totally block it out.
We hope this information has been helpful. Don’t forget to leave your comments regarding this segment of the State Road 417 Corridor Widening Projects. These comments must be submitted by Friday, December 4, 2020 in order to be entered in the public record. Just click the envelope icon in the top right corner of your screen, or send your comments to Construction@CFXway.com.
Following this virtual public meeting, a copy of this presentation will be posted to the CFX website at CFXsr417CorridorWideningProjects.com.
If you have any questions before or during the construction of this project, please do not hesitate to contact public information officer Kevin Camara by phone or email.
Public Information Officer
Central Florida Expressway Authority