Widen Turnpike (SR 91) PD&E

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 Florida’s Turnpike/State Road (SR) 91, in Orange County, Florida. The study limits extend along Florida’s Turnpike from south of SR 408 to SR 50 (MP 263-273), and along SR 408 from the Turnpike interchange to east of the Old Winter Garden Road overpass. As part of the study, all interchanges within the project limits and the need for new interchanges will be evaluated. The purpose of the PD&E Study is to develop and evaluate project alternatives that would:

  • enhance safety
  • accommodate travel demands
  • improve travel time reliability
  • improve system linkage
  • enhance and maintain Central Florida’s economic and employment viability, and
  • enhance and maintain emergency response and evacuation
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.

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.

Florida’s Turnpike currently has eight to 12 lanes (four through lanes and one to two auxiliary lanes in each direction), within the study limits. The PD&E Study will evaluate widening the Turnpike with and without managed lanes, plus auxiliary lanes.

The project will also include milling and resurfacing, bridge construction, and improvements and modifications to the existing interchanges within the project limits:

  • SR 408
  • SR 50 (Ocoee/Winter Garden)
  • SR 429
  • SR 50 (Clermont/Oakland)

New access (interchange) locations will also be evaluated during the study. The improvements to this section of Florida’s Turnpike will be designed with the goal of utilizing the existing right of way, where feasible.

Study Background

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise has identified the need to widen (add capacity to) this portion of the Turnpike to accommodate forecasted traffic volumes of freight and passenger vehicles generated by anticipated growth in Orange County and adjacent counties, and to improve emergency evacuation times for the year 2045.

The project improvements will:

  • increase the capacity of the Turnpike to accommodate future traffic volumes
  • improve emergency evacuation times
  • address planning consistency with MetroPlan Orlando

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 Florida’s Turnpike/State Road (SR) 91 from south of SR 408 to SR 50 (MP 263 to273) in Orange County, Florida. The total project length is approximately 10 miles. As part of the study, all interchanges within the project limits and the need for new interchanges will be evaluated. A study area map is provided below:

Lake County Study Map

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 County 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:

Rebecca Bolan, P.E.

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

Rax Jung, PH.D, P.E.

Project Development Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

For information in Spanish, please contact:

Para information en espańol por favor contacte:

 

Henry Pinzon, P.E.

Environmental Management Engineer
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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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).