Welcome to the Central Florida Expressway Authority’s Virtual Pre-Construction Information Meeting for the State Road 429 Corridor Widening Projects: Segment 1 – from Tilden Road to South of Florida’s Turnpike.
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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 429 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.
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Public comment is essential in this process. Please get your comments regarding the information in this virtual meeting into CFX by Monday, February 1, 2021.
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CFX is widening 13 miles of State Road 429 from Tilden Road to State Road 414 to improve traffic flow on one of our system’s busiest expressways. Each day up to 67,000 vehicles travel this stretch of State Road 429. That number is expected to continue growing. This widening initiative is broken into three segments to minimize the impact to motorists.
During this meeting, we will focus on Segment 1 of these widening projects: from Tilden Road to south of Florida’s Turnpike. This segment includes widening State Road 429 by adding one lane in each direction, expanding the expressway from four to six travel lanes—that is three travel lanes in each direction. CFX is also adding wider median shoulders, known as part-time shoulders, which can temporarily accommodate traffic during emergency response events, such as traffic accidents or hurricane evacuations. This segment includes 10 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 this project, 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.
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 of the sound of crickets. There is also consideration involving the cost-per-benefitted property. We have posted the draft Traffic Noise Analysis on the State Road 429 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 completely block out the sound.
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During the design process, property owners who are identified as benefitting from proposed sound walls are asked to vote on whether they want the sound walls. Ballots, like the one pictured here, have already been mailed to those people identified as benefitted property owners for this project.
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 close to the right-of-way line.
Construction on segment 1, from Tilden Road to South of Florida’s Turnpike, is expected to begin in late 2021 and to be complete in late 2023. In addition to the widening, there are 10 proposed sound walls along this stretch of the expressway, denoted by the dotted orange lines along the expressway on the map. Next, we will zoom in and focus on each location where the sound walls are proposed, from Tilden Road to south of Florida’s Turnpike. The details of these walls—lengths and heights—are not etched in stone and may change slightly with the final design. Again, these noise barriers reduce the noise, but don’t totally block it out. Now let’s review the proposed sound wall locations and details for this widening segment.
We hope this information has been helpful. Don’t forget to leave your comments regarding this segment of the State Road 429 Corridor Widening Projects. These comments must be submitted by Monday, February 1, 2021 in order to be entered in the public record. Just click on the envelope icon in the top 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 CFXsr429wideningprojects.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