Introduction

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for the Poinciana Parkway Extension. This new stretch of roadway will extend about four miles from Osceola-Polk County Line Road/County Road (CR) 532 to State Road (SR) 429 in Osceola County, Florida.
Project Development Process Graphic

The PD&E study is the second phase of the FDOT project development process. Each PD&E study requires the combined efforts of professional engineers, planners, and scientists, who collect and analyze project-related information to determine social, economic, physical and environmental impacts. Afterward, they develop the best solution for a community’s transportation needs.

Key considerations for the study include:

  • Avoiding or minimizing impacts to environmental resources
  • Coordination with FDOT District 5 to provide consistency with planned improvements to I-4
  • Coordination with the CFX connection with their current design projects south of CR 532.

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 will evaluate a new limited access facility with four general use toll lanes (two lanes in each direction) expandable to eight lanes (four lanes in each direction) to match the adjacent Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) Design project, south of CR 532. The project will include modifying the existing interchanges within the project limits:

  • I-4/Western Beltway/SR 429
  • Western Beltway/SR 429 at Sinclair Road
  • Poinciana Parkway Extension at CR 532

New access (interchange) locations will also be evaluated during the study.

This Poinciana Parkway Extension will tie into the Interstate 4 (I-4) interchange as developed by the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate approved PD&E study concept plans, including ramp connections to general use lanes. Ramp connections to the I-4 Express Lanes will only be evaluated to the north, connecting to SR 429.

The Poinciana Parkway will connect to the terminus of the Poinciana Parkway at CR 532 (currently a CFX Design project) to the I-4/SR 429 interchange. It will also ultimately be part of a regional expressway system, connecting I-4 in western Orange County to the SR 417 interchange in eastern Orange County, a distance of approximately 50 miles.

The study team is developing and evaluating alternatives to address future traffic needs and provide long-term options for moving people and goods while minimizing impacts. Key study activities include:

  • Data Collection
  • Traffic Forecasts
  • Alternatives Development
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Public Outreach / Agency Coordination

The No-Build (No Action) alternative will also be analyzed and compared against the Build alternatives during the PD&E Study.

For more information regarding the CFX Poinciana Parkway Project, please visit: PD&E Study – Poinciana Parkway Extension | Central Florida Expressway Authority (cfxway.com)

For more information regarding the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate Project, please visit: I-4 Beyond the Ultimate: Building a Better I-4 | I-4 Beyond

 

Study Area

The study limits are from south of CR 532 in Osceola and Polk Counties, Florida; to north of Sinclair Road in Osceola County. The study team is evaluating alignments within the study area shown in the project location map below.

Environment

The natural environment is a critical foundation of the region’s economy and quality of life. Access to high-quality rivers, parks, forests, and preserves is an important draw for residents and visitors.

FDOT will work collaboratively with its environmental partners to ensure that as new transportation corridors are considered, they are located in places that would not sever important connections in natural systems, and are designed to allow wildlife to safely pass.

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 Poinciana Parkway Extension PD&E Study began in January 2021.  Key dates are the Public Kick-off Meeting Summer 2021, Public Alternatives Meeting Spring 2022, Public Hearing Spring 2023, and the PD&E Study is anticipated to be completed by Summer 2023.

Schedule is subject to change.

Stay Connected

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

Stephanie Underwood, P.E.

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

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

Project Development Engineer for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

For information in Spanish, please contact:

Para information en espańol por favor contacte:

Henry Pinzon, P.E.

Environmental Management Engineer for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

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

Stephanie Eisenberg

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).

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation pursuant to 23 United States Code Section 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.