Introduction

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is conducting a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study for widening the Western Beltway/State Road (SR) 429. The study limits extend along the Western Beltway from north of the I-4/SR 429 Interchange to Seidel Road, in Orange and Osceola Counties, Florida.  As part of the study, all interchanges within the project limits and the need for new interchanges will be evaluated.

A separate PD&E Study is being conducted to evaluate the Poinciana Parkway Extension (FPID No.: 446581-1-22-01), a new roadway proposed connecting CR 532 to the I-4/SR 429 interchange in Osceola County.  For more information on the Poinciana Parkway Extension PD&E Study, please visit www.PoincianaExtension.com.

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.

Click here to see the PD&E Process video

Key considerations for the study include:

  • Increasing the capacity of the Western Beltway to accommodate future traffic volumes
  • Improving emergency evacuation times
  • Addressing planning consistency with MetroPlan Orlando

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.

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Project Background

The Western Beltway currently has four general use toll lanes (two lanes in each direction), within the study limits. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise has identified the need to widen (add capacity to) this portion of the Western Beltway to accommodate forecasted traffic volumes of freight and passenger vehicles generated by anticipated growth in Orange and Osceola Counties, and to improve emergency evacuation times for the year 2045.

The PD&E Study will evaluate widening the Western Beltway to eight lanes. The project will also include milling and resurfacing, bridge construction, and improvements and modifications to the existing interchanges within the project limits:

  • US 192
  • Western Way
  • Seidel Road

A new access (interchange) location will also be evaluated during the study. The improvements to this section of the Western Beltway will be designed with the goal of utilizing the existing right of way, where feasible.

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

Study Area

The study limits are along the Western Beltway (SR 429) from north of the I-4/SR 429 Interchange to Seidel Road in Orange and Osceola Counties, Florida. A study area map is provided below:

Environment

The natural environment is a critical foundation of the region’s economy and quality of life. The study area is located in a highly developed region of Orange and Osceola Counties surrounded by residential, commercial, and industrial land uses. No significant impacts are anticipated to high-quality natural areas, public parks, or preserves.

The potential social, economic and environmental effects of the project alternatives will be identified, along with potential mitigation measures. A State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) is the expected level of environmental documentation for this project.

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

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).