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Introduction

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), completed the Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study for the Orlando South Ultimate Interchange at Florida’s Turnpike (SR 91) and Beachline Expressway (SR 528), in Orange County, Florida. FTE concurred with the recommendations and signed the State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) on May 25, 2021. The final SEIR reflects consideration of the PD&E Study and the comments received at the Public Hearing.

The PD&E Study is the second phase of the FDOT project development process. FTE has initiated the project into Design which is the third phase of the process. During this phase, construction plans, specifications, and final estimates to build a project are developed.

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As a result of the public involvement, engineering and environmental evaluations documented during the PD&E Study, Alternative 3 was selected as the Preferred Alternative. This alternative includes improvements to the Orlando South interchange as well as the construction of a new Florida’s Turnpike/Taft Vineland Road reliever interchange and a new Beachline Expressway/Voltaire Drive Extension reliever interchange.

The proposed improvements will:

  • Enhance safety
  • Address traffic needs
  • Improve travel time reliability, and
  • Provide long-term mobility

Noise Studies are performed in the PD&E phase and the Design phase, and re-evaluated if there is a major change in design to the roadway.

Click here to see the Turnpike Traffic Noise video.

Project Background

The PD&E study evaluated various alternatives and made a final recommendation for advancement into the design phase in May 2021. The PD&E study recommended:

  • New and improved ramp connections between Florida’s Turnpike (SR 91) and Beachline Expressway (SR 528)
  • Implementation of All-Electronic Tolling (AET)
  • Improved traffic operations on other local roads
  • Two new reliever interchanges

During the PD&E study, multiple opportunities were made for the community to provide input.

Study Area

The specific project limits for the study are:

  • Florida’s Turnpike (SR 91) from south of Taft Vineland Road to Sand Lake Road (SR 482)
  • Beachline Expressway (SR 528) from west of John Young Parkway (CR 423) to east of the Beachline West Toll Plaza
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Environment

As part of the PD&E study, potential impacts to the environment were considered and measures to minimize and mitigate for these impacts were incorporated into the project. Based on the recommended design, it was determined that there are no significant impacts associated with the project. As the project continues through design, any new impacts associated with the project will be identified and addressed through the permitting process with the appropriate resource agency.

Innovation

FTE is at the forefront of planning for a safer, more efficient, and technologically advanced transportation system for the future. FTE continually seeks opportunities to integrate emerging transportation technologies that can help reduce congestion, create mobility choices, minimize environmental impacts and improve safety. FTE also recognizes that connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies hold unprecedented opportunities for enhancing mobility and increasing safety on our roadways.

If you have an idea for a technology or innovation that you would like to be considered as part of this study, please reach out to one of the contacts in the Stay Connected section below.

Schedule

The Orlando South Interchange PD&E Study began in Summer 2017. Over the years, project activities have included data collection, traffic analysis, development of feasible alternatives and public outreach.

During the PD&E study, multiple opportunities were made for the public to provide input. In addition, opportunities for public input will continue throughout the design phase. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise encourages the public to be involved throughout the project development process. A Public Information Meeting was held on January 29, 2019 and the Public Hearing was held on February 16, 2021. Materials from these meetings are listed below in the documents section. A Public Information Meeting was held on January 29, 2019 and the Public Hearing was held on February 16, 2021. Materials from these meetings are listed below in the documents section. PD&E study is now complete and FTE concurred with the recommendations and signed the State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) on May 25, 2021

Schedule is subject to change. 

Documents

Stay Connected

Project inquires, comments, innovation/technology ideas, or requests to be added to the project mailing list, can be mailed or emailed to:

Anil Sharma, P.E.

Project Manager for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (HNTB team)

Rax Jung, Ph.D., P.E.

Project Development Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

For information in Spanish, please contact:

Para information en espańol por favor contacte:

HENRY PINZON, P.E.

Environmental Management Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

Media inquiries should be directed to the FDOT, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, Public Information Office using the contact information below:

Maria Parada

Community Outreach Specialist
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (WSP USA)

If you choose to provide feedback on this site or in an email, such information is a public record under Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Laws and available for public inspection upon demand. Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.

If you need special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or require translation services (free of charge), please contact the Project Manager using the contact information listed on this page. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or 955-8770 (voice).