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The Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise appreciates your interest in this project. Please use the navigation menu to view public hearing videos and display boards. Clicking on the graphic will enlarge the view. The display boards are available for download on the main project website under the Documents section. If you wish to submit comments, please use the comment form below.

The Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise’s welcomes you to the public hearing for the Orlando South Ultimate Interchange Project Development and Environment Study. We appreciate your attendance and participation.

Persons wishing to express their concerns about Title VI compliance may do so by contacting either the Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, or the Tallahassee office of the Florida Department of Transportation.

The Orlando South project is located in Orange County at Florida’s Turnpike and State Road  528 known as the Beachline Expressway. On Florida’s Turnpike, the project improvements are between south of Taft Vineland Road and Sand Lake Road and along the Beachline Expressway from John Young Parkway to east of the Beachline West Toll Plaza. The total length of both roadways is approximately 7.2  miles.

The purpose and need for a project provides the basis for developing, considering, evaluating, and eliminating project alternatives. The project purpose and need are to enhance safety, address forecasted Year 2045 traffic needs, improve accessibility and mobility, and enhance emergency evacuation while avoiding or minimizing environmental impacts.

The new ramps connecting Florida’s Turnpike and Beachline Expressway will:

  • Provide safer direct connections between these two facilities,
  • Improve local street operations,
  • Improve ramp operations with reduced weaving, and

Include All Electronic Toll Gantries.

This board identifies on-going or completed projects within the vicinity of the interchange.

The P D and E Study was initiated in the Summer of 2017 and is expected to be complete in June of 2021.

The proposed improvements on Florida’s Turnpike include a two-lane widening in each direction, one managed lane and one auxiliary lane.

The Beachline Expressway has been widened to accommodate eight lanes. A portion of this facility will be reconstructed to accommodate improvements within the interchange.

The Voltaire Drive Extension is a new arterial roadway connecting Landstreet Road with Sand Lake Road. This new facility will also provide bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the road.

This graphic shows the conceptual design of the preferred build alternative. The legend in the bottom left-hand corner provides a visual explanation of the symbols and lines used on the plan. This graphic is available for download on the main project website under the Documents section.

In order to provide for safe operations and reduce the potential for congestion, changes in access at surface streets and driveways are proposed on Consulate Drive, Taft Vineland Road and Sand Lake Road.

The preferred build alternative was evaluated to analyze potential effects to the social, cultural, natural, and physical environment in accordance with state and federal regulations. The evaluation matrix shown here summarizes the evaluation results.

This graphic shows changes in travel patterns from Northbound/Southbound Florida’s Turnpike to the Beachline Expressway.

This graphic shows changes in travel patterns from Northbound/Southbound Florida’s Turnpike to local destinations in the vicinity of the interchange.

This graphic shows changes in travel patterns from Eastbound/Westbound Beachline Expressway to Florida’s Turnpike.

This graphic shows changes in travel patterns from Eastbound/Westbound Beachline Expressway to local destinations in the vicinity of the interchange.

Currently, traffic operational issues occur during both the morning and evening commute hours within the study area, including congestion and a high incidence of crashes. The preferred build alternative in the morning is expected to reduce delay by 76% in the 2045 design year within the study area. Safety and congestion will also be significantly improved over the No Build alternative.

The preferred build alternative in the evening is expected to reduce delay by 72% in the 2045 design year within the study area. Safety and congestion will also be significantly improved over the No Build alternative.

Travel time within the study area is expected to be significantly improved with the preferred build alternative along Florida’s Turnpike and the Beachline Expressway. Major traffic movements within the study area are expected to be 4 to 31 minutes shorter with the Build compared to the No Build alternative in the 2045 design year.

We encourage your questions or comments regarding this project! Please contact one of the individuals shown here, using your preferred method. Comments and questions must be submitted (or postmarked) by March 8th, 2021, 20 days after the public hearing, to become part of the study’s Public Hearing Record.

This graphic illustrates how the interchange will look once construction is complete.

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