WELCOME!

The Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, welcomes you to the Alternatives Public Information Meeting for the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to Widen Western Beltway from North of Interstate 4 to Seidel Road in Osceola and Orange Counties.

Please use the navigation menu to view public meeting 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.

To provide a comment at any point during your visit, simply click on the “View Comment Form” button shown below. A comment form will appear, you may close the form to continue through the meeting. Once finished, complete your comment, and click “Submit.” We look forward to receiving your input and continuing to work with you throughout the study. 

 

A PD&E Study determines if there is an engineering and environmentally feasible alternative to meet the future needs determined in the planning phase. It involves the preparation of preliminary engineering and environmental documentation.

Key components of the PD&E process include an evaluation of existing conditions, identification of future traffic needs, development of alternatives, and an evaluation of the alternatives based on environmental and engineering factors. An important component of the PD&E process is public and agency involvement. All findings and recommendations are documented at the end of the study. If a build alternative is selected, then the project moves forward into the design phase. For more information on the PD&E Study process visit the project website, scroll down to the Documents section, and under videos you will find the PD&E process video.

The study limits extend from north of Interstate 4, Milepost 1, to Seidel Road, Milepost 11. The project is located within Osceola and Orange Counties.

Project needs arise from issues and concerns that may frequently slow down traffic, cause delays, or lead to accidents. The need to widen the Western Beltway is based on enhancing safety, accommodating travel demand through the year 2050, improving travel times and reliability, and enhancing economic viability, emergency responsiveness, and evacuation times.

Improvements to Western Beltway are needed to enhance safety. Between 2014 and 2018, there were 161 crashes within the study limits between the I-4 ramps and Seidel Rd interchange. The estimated economic crash cost is about $33.0 million dollars over the 5 years. Congestion is a major contributing factor to crashes. If nothing is done, congestion will continue to rise leading to an increase in crashes.

Traffic on SR 429 has had an average annual historical growth rate of 10% between opening and current years. This can be attributed to the high increase in population and employment opportunities in the area, as well as recreational activities. During the evening commute, traffic backs up on SR 429 in the southbound direction towards I-4 and long queues have been observed at the SR 429 southbound off-ramp to US 192. In order to accommodate future travel demand, six lanes are needed by 2030, and eight lanes will be needed by 2045 for the segment between US 192 and Seidel Road, and between I-4 and US 192 by 2050.

Widening Western Beltway is part a series of existing and planned roadways connecting I-4 to Florida’s Turnpike and SR 417.

  • Concept Board 1 – Sinclair Road  The proposed improvements widen State Road 429 from north of I-4 to Seidel Road and include interchange improvements at Sinclair Road.  The proposed improvements include two options at the northbound on ramp:  the signalization option or the roundabout option.
  • Concept Board 2 – Livingston Road and US 192 The proposed improvements widen State Road 429 from north of I-4 to Seidel Road and include a new interchange at an extension of Livingston Road and interchange improvements at US 192.
  • Concept Board 3 – Western Way The proposed improvements widen State Road 429 from north of I-4 to Seidel Road and include interchange improvements at Western Way.
  • Concept Board 4 – Seidel Road – The proposed improvements widen State Road 429 from north of I-4 to Seidel Road and include interchange improvements at Seidel Road. The proposed Seidel Road interchange improvements include two options: the signalization option or the double roundabout option.

Please note the Concept Alternative files are large and they may take a minute to open. Zoom in to see the area of interest.

To accommodate growth, there are several PD&E, design, and construction projects near this PD&E Study. The most important projects relative to this study include the State Road 429 PD&E Study from north of I-4 to Seidel Road and the Central Florida Expressway Authority’s design project for Poinciana Parkway from Ronald Reagan Parkway to County Road 532. Other projects include I-4 Beyond the Ultimate, Widening County Road 532, and widening Old Lake Wilson Road over I-4. These projects alone do not accommodate all of the anticipated traffic increases associated with growth in this region. Additional improvements are still needed.

As part of the study, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise will evaluate the potential social, natural, physical, and cultural effects of the project. Every effort will be made to avoid or minimize impacts to these features. Impacts that cannot be avoided will be mitigated.

After the Alternatives Public Information Meeting, we will review public comments in conjunction with the social, cultural, environmental, and engineering factors to reach a recommendation on a Preferred Alternative. The Preferred Alternative will then be presented to you at the Public Hearing tentatively scheduled for the end of this year. This study is expected to be completed by early 2023. Please note that this schedule is subject to change, and future phases including design, right-of-way, and construction are not currently funded.

This project is being developed in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Please contact one of the Title VI coordinators shown here to express any concerns regarding Florida Turnpike’s compliance with Title VI.

If you would like to speak with someone regarding this project, please contact one of the Turnpike representatives listed here.

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