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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 more than 500,000 E-PASS accounts.
The CFX limited access network that 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 of your screen. You will be able to type in your question or comment.
Public comment is essential in this process. Please try to get your comments regarding the information in this virtual meeting into CFX by June 29, 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 Shari Croteau, 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.
During this meeting, we will focus on the first two segments to be constructed: the first, from International Drive to John Young Parkway and the second, from John Young Parkway to Landstar Boulevard. Both segments include widening SR 417 from two lanes to three lanes in each direction, for a total of six lanes. CFX is also adding wider median shoulders that can temporarily accommodate additional traffic during emergency response events, such as traffic accidents or hurricane evacuations. Each segment also includes several proposed sound walls.
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 experience an increase of 15 decibels over existing noise levels. Additionally, the sound wall must provide at least a 5-decibel reduction to be considered feasible. 66 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.
During the design process, property owners who are identified as benefiting from proposed sound walls, are asked to vote on whether they want the noise barriers. Ballots, like the one pictured here, have already been mailed to those people identified as benefited property owners for these projects.
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. Now let’s review the proposed sound wall locations for the two widening segments.
This is a sound wall typical section. It 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 along the right of way line.
Construction on the first segment, from International Drive to John Young Parkway, is expected to begin in early 2021 and is expected to be complete by late 2023. In addition to the widening, there are seven proposed sound walls along this stretch of the expressway.
Sound walls at John Young Main Plaza and behind Westshire at Hunter’s Creek
Sound wall at Terra Vista at Hunter’s Creek
Sound walls at Hunter’s Creek neighborhoods Mar Vista and Raintree
Sound walls at Colonial Grand at Heather Glen Apartments
Construction on the second segment of the SR 417 corridor widening is also expected to begin in early 2021 and is estimated to be complete by late 2023. This will widen State Road 417 between John Young Parkway and Landstar Boulevard from two lanes to three lanes in each direction, for a total of six lanes. The wider median shoulders will also be added. There are seven proposed sound walls along this stretch of the expressway.
We hope this information has been helpful. Don’t forget to leave your comments regarding either of these State Road 417 corridor widening projects.
These comments must be submitted by June 29, 2020 in order to be entered in the public records. Click on the envelope icon below. 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 either of these projects, please do not hesitate to contact public information officer Shari Croteau by phone or email.
Public Information Officer
Central Florida Expressway Authority