The Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, welcomes you to the Public Kickoff Open House for the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for the widening of Florida’s Turnpike from south of State Road 408 to State Road 50 in west Orange County.
To navigate through the meeting, click on the arrows on the right and left side of your screen.
To provide a comment at any point during your visit, simply click on the “Comment” button at the top right of your screen. A comment form will appear, you may close the form to continue through the meeting. Once finished, complete your comment, and click “Submit.” We look forward to receiving your input and continuing to work with you throughout the study.
A PD&E Study determines if there is an engineering and environmentally feasible alternative to meet the future needs determined in the planning phase. It involves the preparation of preliminary engineering and environmental documentation.
Key components of the PD&E process include an evaluation of existing conditions, identification of future traffic needs, development of alternatives, and an evaluation of the alternatives based on environmental and engineering factors. An important component of the PD&E process is public and agency involvement. All findings and recommendations are documented at the end of the study. If a build alternative is selected, then the project moves forward into the design phase.
The study limits extend along Florida’s Turnpike from south of State Road 408 at mile post 263 to State Road 50 at mile post 273, and along State Road 408 from the Turnpike interchange to east of the overpass at Old Winter Garden Road overpass. The project is located within Orange County.
Typical sections are detailed cross section depictions of the roadway’s principal elements that are standard between milepost limits. Existing typical sections are shown here.
South of State Road 408 and North of State Road 429, Florida’s Turnpike consists of four lanes in each direction separated by inside shoulders and a traffic median barrier wall. The existing right-of-way is approximately 300 feet wide. Noise walls are located along some segments, while fencing is provided in other areas.
Between state Road 408 and State Road 429, Florida’s Turnpike consists of six lanes in each direction, including two auxiliary lanes, with inside shoulders and a median traffic barrier wall. The existing right-of-way is approximately 300 feet wide. Noise walls are located along some segments, while fencing is provided in other areas.
There are several on-going PD&E, design, and construction projects within and adjacent to the limits of this PD&E study.
Project needs arise from issues and concerns that may frequently slow down traffic, cause delays, or lead to accidents. The need to improve this section of Florida’s Turnpike is based on the six items listed on this image.
Improvements to Florida’s Turnpike are needed to enhance safety. Between 2012 and 2016, there were over 900 crashes with 4 fatalities in this segment of the Turnpike. Congestion is a major contributing factor. If nothing is done, congestion will continue to rise resulting in more crashes.
Improvements to Florida’s Turnpike are needed for travel time reliability. Currently, there is moderate to severe congestion during the morning rush hour as indicated by the orange and red lines on this slide. There is severe congestion at the interchanges at State Road 408, State Road 429 and State Road 50. There is also moderate to severe congestion during the afternoon rush hour. This slide shows the congestion experienced today, which is expected to get worse by the year 2045.
As part of the study, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise will evaluate the potential social, natural, physical, and cultural effects of the project. Every effort will be made to avoid or minimize impacts to these features.
After tonight, alternatives will be developed and presented to you for input at a Public Information Meeting tentatively scheduled for later this year. A recommendation will be made and presented to you during the Public Hearing tentatively scheduled for the middle of next year. This study is expected to be completed by the fall of 2021. Please note that this schedule is subject to change.
If you would like to speak with someone, please contact one of the Turnpike representatives listed here.