FPID: 435786-3

Introduction

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is planning to widen Florida’s Turnpike Mainline/SR 91 from O’Brien Road (Milepost 285.8) to the US 27 North interchange (Milepost 289.3) from a four-lane divided expressway to an eight-lane divided expressway. This project will provide additional capacity to meet future traffic demand in 2045, improve emergency evacuation times, and improve safety within the corridor.

This project is currently in the Design phase,the third phase of the FDOT project development process. Construction plans, specifications, and final estimates to build a project are developed during this phase. The design and construction will provide eight (8), 12-foot travel lanes (four in each direction) with 12-foot shoulders and a 26-foot median with a barrier wall.

Project Development Process Graphic

 

The improvements for the project include:

  • Widening the existing roadway to eight (8) lanes between O’Brien Road and the US 27 North Interchange
  • Improvements to the US 27 North interchange
  • Reconstructing Turnpike bridges and the bridges over the Turnpike
  • installing new Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) gantries

Other improvements include drainage culvert extensions, Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS), retaining walls, drainage, signing and pavement marking, signalization, and lighting.

The existing maintained right of way varies but is generally 300 feet wide and expands at the US 27 North interchange to accommodate ramps. Right of way acquisition for stormwater facilities and the O’Brien Road overpass bridge is anticipated.

ThO’Brien Road to US 27 North interchange design restarted in early 2023 and is ongoing. The construction letting is anticipated in September 2025 

Noise Studies are performed in both the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study phase and the Design phase, and reevaluated if there is a major change in design to the roadway.

Click here to see the Turnpike Traffic Noise video.

Project Background

The study segment is located in Lake County in the northern portion of the Florida’s Turnpike System that links Orlando to Leesburg in the Central Florida region and northward through Florida to I-75 at the Florida’s Turnpike northern terminus. Together, The Enterprise is coordinating with FDOT District Five, Lake County and local public officials to provide needed capacity along Florida’s Turnpike.

Study Area

Environment

This widening project is consistent with the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for the widening of Florida’s Turnpike Mainline/SR 91 from SR 50/Clermont to I-75 (FPID # 423375-1). Approval of this study is documented in the State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) that was completed in July of 2016.

Innovation

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise is at the forefront of planning for a safer, more efficient, and technologically advanced transportation system for the future. The Enterprise continually seeks opportunities to integrate emerging transportation technologies that can help reduce congestion, create mobility choices, minimize environmental impacts and improve safety. The Enterprise 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

A Virtual Design Public Information Meeting was held on August 13, 2020.

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:

Pamela Nagot, P.E.

Project Manager
Consultant to Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

For information in Spanish, please contact:

Para information en espańol por favor contacte:

Juliette Valencia

Community Outreach Manager
Consultant to Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

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

Daniel Jimenez

Community Outreach Specialist
Consultant to Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

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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).