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 three miles from Osceola-Polk County Line Road (CR 532) to SR 429 in Osceola County, Florida.

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.

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 CFX 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.

Project Development Process Graphic

The proposed Poinciana Parkway Extension is the final link in the Poinciana Parkway corridor, and would provide benefits to the community such as:

  • Complete the missing link in the Poinciana Parkway between CR 532 and the Sr 429/I-4 Interchange
  • Create a regional beltway around the Orlando metro area
  • Facilitate the movement of people and goods
  • Reduce traffic congestion on the local roadway network

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 Poinciana Parkway is a section of a future limited access toll facility, often referred to as the “Southern Beltway”. The Southern Beltway would provide a regional, limited access facility that connects I-4 on the west to the interchange of SR 417 on the east, a distance of approximately 50 miles. The westernmost portion of the Southern Beltway is referred to as the Poinciana Parkway.  This project is needed to complete the approximately three-mile gap between the interim terminus of the Poinciana Parkway at CR 532 and I/4/SR 429. This project will provide relief to the local roadway network by diverting regional trips to the limited access facility and completing the Poinciana Parkway between Cypress Parkway and I-4/SR 429.

Currently, Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) is designing a segment of Poinciana Parkway that will terminate at CR 532 at the Polk County/Osceola County line.  This PD&E Study will evaluate the extension of Poinciana Parkway on a new alignment from CR 532 to the I-4/SR 429 Interchange and additional improvements along SR 429 to Sinclair Road. This Poinciana Parkway Extension will tie into the 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 extension will include modifications to the proposed CR 532 interchange (under design by CFX), which includes ramps to and from the south only. This Poinciana Parkway Extension project will evaluate removing these ramps from CR 532 to the south and adding ramps to the north. A potential new interchange location will also be considered, which is to be determined. Alternatives will include a 4-lane Build Alternative (two lanes in each direction) expandable to an ultimate 8-lanes (four lanes in each direction) configuration to match the adjacent section to the south and the No-Build Alternative. Multiple concepts will be evaluated for the I-4 interchange.

A feasibility study was conducted previously to evaluate various routes between CR 532 and the I-4/SR 429 interchange, which included public outreach.  The study area, which includes portions of Polk and Osceola Counties, is comprised of residential land uses, Reunion Resort, and conservation lands under the jurisdiction of the Reedy Creek Improvement District. There are also numerous undeveloped parcels with residential and planned development future land use designations, wetland systems, and overhead and underground utility corridors. CR 532 follows the county line between Polk County on the south and Osceola County on the north.

Key considerations for the study include:

  • Avoiding, minimizing, or mitigating impacts to environmental resources
  • Coordinating with FDOT District 5 to provide consistency with planned improvements to I-4
  • Coordination with the Central Florida Expressway Authority connect with their current design projects south of CR 532.

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 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, P.E.

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

For information in Spanish, please contact:

Para information en espańol por favor contacte:

Henry Pinzon, P.E.

Project Manager 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)

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