Introduction

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is planning to widen Florida’s Turnpike Mainline (SR 91) from the Minneola Interchange (Milepost 279) to US 27 (Milepost 289) from a 4-lane divided expressway to an 8-lane divided expressway. This project will provide additional capacity to meet future traffic demand in 2040, improve emergency evacuation times, and improve safety within the corridor.

This project is currently in the design phase. Design is 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 the Minneola Interchange and US 27
  • improvements to the Minneola, US 27 South and US 27 North interchanges
  • reconstructing Turnpike bridges and the bridges over the Turnpike
  • installing new All-Electronic Toll (AET) 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 interchange locations to accommodate ramps. Right of way acquisition for stormwater facilities and overpass bridges is anticipated.

This design project will be divided into two construction projects: 1) from the Minneola Interchange to north of the US 27 South Interchange (begin construction is September 2022) and 2) from north of the US 27 South Interchange to the US 27 North Interchange (begin construction is September 2024).

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 study segment is located in Lake County in the northern portion of the Florida’s Turnpike System that links the City of Orlando to the City of Leesburg in the Central Florida region and northward through Florida to I-75 at the Florida’s Turnpike northern terminus. Together, FTE 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

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

It is anticipated that a Virtual Design Public Information Meeting will be held on August 13, 2020.

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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:

Anil Sharma, 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:

Juliette Valencia

Community Outreach Manager
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (WSP USA)

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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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).