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REGIONAL AND SYSTEMWIDE PROJECTS

TURNPIKE SYSTEMWIDE SERVICE PLAZA RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, an integral part of the Florida Department of Transportation, awarded a multi-million dollar, 30-year contract to operate the fuel and food concession business along the Turnpike to Areas USA FLTP, LLC. 

Under the terms of the contract, Areas will provide fuel, food concessions and convenience stores at the eight service plazas located along the 312-mile Turnpike mainline.

The new contract includes a capital investment of approximately $162 million, which incorporates upgrading and expanding the plaza buildings.

Construction is complet at the Turkey Lake, Canoe Creek, Ft. Drum, West Palm Beach, Pompano and Snapper Creek Service Plazas.

Okahumpka has fully reopened and construction is nearing completion.

In December 2015, a new convenience store/fuel station opened at the Port St. Lucie plaza and construction is now underway to reconstruct the old restaurant building.

The fuel brand is Shell. Florida Turnpike Services LLC operates the convenience stores and gas stations.  Last year, 37 million gallons of gasoline were pumped at Florida’s Turnpike fuel stations.

This contract does not include Road Ranger or towing services, which were awarded under separate contracts.

Under the new contract, the Turnpike will receive a guaranteed minimum of $9 million per year in concessions revenue until construction and renovation of the plazas is complete, then the guaranteed minimum will be $6 million per year.

The new contract produces close to 2,500 construction-related jobs.  In total, nearly 4,000 direct or indirect jobs are created or maintained as the result of this contract.

The new buildings feature Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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NORTHERN TURNPIKE AND BEACHLINE EXPRESSWAY WEST

BEACHLINE EXPRESSWAY WIDENING PROJECT (MILEPOSTS 1-8)

This $174 million project widens SR 528, the Beachline Expressway, from four to eight lanes between Interstate 4 and the Turnpike, and from six to eight lanes from the Turnpike to McCoy Road.

The project consists of the addition of two, tolled, SunPass-only Express Lanes between I-4 and John Young Parkway, and one-tolled, SunPass-only Express Lane between John Young Parkway and McCoy Road.

The project includes ramp improvements at International Drive, Orangewood/Universal and John Young Parkway, including auxiliary lanes between the ramps to alleviate traffic weaving.  Six bridges will be widened and the bridge over Shingle Creek will be reconstructed.  Noise walls behind the Williamsburg subdivision are included.  New sidewalk connectivity along International Drive, Orangewood/Universal/Boulevard and John Young Parkway is being provided. 

The existing through lanes from I-4 to the Beachline West Toll Plaza at Milepost 6 remain untolled.

Express Lane Eligible Vehicles: 

  • Vehicles eligible to use the express lanes include:  All buses, hybrid vehicles, and motorcycles equipped with SunPass or an interoperable transponder.
  • Vehicles prohibited to use the express lanes include:  Vehicles with three or more axles, trucks and TOLL-BY-PLATE customers.
  • The minimum express toll rate is $0.25 greater than the general toll amount at each gantry where a toll is charged.

General Lane Closure and Detour Information:

  • No daytime lane closures are permitted on International Drive
  • No daytime lane closures are permitted on John Young Parkway
  • Some lane closure restrictions have been added for specific Orange County Convention Center special events
  • Detours will be used for the installation of overhead sign trusses and toll gantry
  • Detours will be necessary for short closures along International Drive, Universal/Orangewood Blvd., and John Young Parkway for structures work.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Click here for a fact sheet and map of the Beachline Project
Click here for a fact sheet about Beachline Express Lanes
Click here to watch a video about Express Lanes

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PALM BEACH COUNTY

BROWARD COUNTY

SUNRISE BOULEVARD INTERCHANGE MODIFICATION PROJECT (EXIT 58)

Florida’s Turnpike is modifying and improving the interchange with Sunrise Boulevard, and implementing All-Electronic Tolling at the interchange. Currently, drivers can face extended backups at this interchange because northbound and southbound entry and exit traffic is channeled through a single toll plaza. By constructing two new ramps with direct access to eastbound Sunrise Boulevard, there will be a significant reduction in vehicles that need to make left turns at the existing ramp. Providing one ramp and toll gantry at each of the four quadrants in the interchange will allow for improved traffic signal timing and traffic flow.

Modifications and improvements include:
Adding a new entry ramp to the southbound Turnpike from eastbound Sunrise Boulevard, and a new exit ramp from the northbound Turnpike to eastbound Sunrise Boulevard.
Removing the existing toll plaza at the northbound Turnpike entrance and converting all ramps to all-electronic tolling
Replacing and raising the Sunrise Boulevard bridge over the Turnpike
Widening lanes on Sunrise Boulevard between NW 56th Avenue and 47th Avenue

It is anticipated that the project will cost $50 million and work will continue through late 2019.

Project fact sheet - English                      Project fact sheet – Español 

For additional project information, contact Christine Girardin at the public information office of Florida’s Turnpike by calling 954-975-4855, ext. 1276, or via e-mail at: Christine.Girardin@dot.state.fl.us.

Turnpike All-Electronic Tolling Conversion
Hollywood/Pines Boulevard and Griffin Road Interchanges

Construction to implement all-electronic tolling at the Turnpike’s Hollywood/Pines Boulevard (Exit 49) and Griffin Road (Exit 53) began in September 2014.

Construction entails fabrication and installation of tolling gantries on the ramps and removal of various existing tollbooths and structures. Additional work consists of toll plaza building modifications, roadway improvements, signalization, and signing and pavement markings.

The $10.6 million project also includes improvements at the Turnpike’s Northwest 199th Street/Dolphin Center and County Line Road interchanges.

All-electronic, cashless tolling is scheduled to take effect in August 2015. However, construction is scheduled to continue through early 2016, and will take place during both daytime and nighttime hours.
Motorists may encounter nighttime lane and ramp closures. Nearby residents and businesses may experience noise, vibration and dust when construction crews are close by.

For more information, contact Sonyha Rodriguez-Miller at the Turnpike Public Information Office, 1-800-749-PIKE or Sonyha.Rodriguez-Miller@dot.state.fl.us.

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

TURNPIKE WIDENING, SOUND WALLS AND EXPRESS LANES – SUNSET DR. TO BIRD RD.

The Turnpike will be widened from six to 10 lanes, including express lanes, from north of Sunset Drive/Southwest 72th Street to north of Bird Road/Southwest 40th Street. Express Lanes, similar to those on I-95, will be constructed. Sound barrier walls will be built along residential areas on the west side of the Turnpike from north of Sunset Drive to south of Miller Road and along Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Work also includes asphalt milling and resurfacing, additional drainage, signage and lighting improvements, landscaping, and traffic signal improvements on local roads. Construction began in July 2015 and will continue through early 2018Approximate cost: $54.4 million.

Project corridor aerial view (links to PDF)
Project fact sheet - English                      Project fact sheet – Español  (links to PDFs)
Sound barrier wall locations, Sunset Drive to Bird Road (links to PDF)

For additional project information, contact Sonyha Rodriguez-Miller at the public information office of Florida’s Turnpike by calling 954-975-4855, ext. 1276, or via e-mail at: Sonyha.Rodriguez-Miller@dot.state.fl.us.

TURNPIKE WIDENING, SOUND WALLS AND EXPRESS LANES – KILLIAN PKWY. TO SUNSET DR.


The Turnpike will be widened from six to 10 lanes, including express lanes, from south of Killian Parkway/SW 104th Street to north of Sunset Drive/Southwest 72th Street. Express lanes, similar to those on I-95, will be constructed. Sound barrier walls will be built along residential areas east and west of the Turnpike from north of Killian Parkway to south of Kendall Drive and from north of Kendall Drive to south of sunset Drive. New toll gantries will be constructed. Work also includes asphalt milling and resurfacing, new lane striping and traffic delineators (“plastic poles”), additional drainage, signage and lighting improvements, landscaping, and traffic signal improvements on local roads. Construction began in May 2015 and will continue through early 2018. Approximate cost: $73.9 million.

Project corridor aerial view
Project fact sheet - English                      Project fact sheet – Español
Sound barrier wall locations, Killian Parkway to Sunset Drive
For additional project information, contact Sonyha Rodriguez-Miller at the public information office of Florida’s Turnpike by calling 954-975-4855, ext. 1276, or via e-mail at: Sonyha.Rodriguez-Miller@dot.state.fl.us.

TURNPIKE WIDENING, EXPRESS LANES AND INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS
FROM NORTH OF SW 184TH STREET/EUREKA DR.
TO SOUTH OF SW 104TH STREET /KILLIAN PKWY.

The Turnpike will be widened to 12 and eight lanes. Express Lanes, similar to those on I-95, will be constructed. Sound barrier walls will be built along qualifying residential areas along both sides of the Turnpike. The Turnpike/State Road 874 interchange will be realigned. Work also includes asphalt milling and resurfacing, bridge widening, landscaping, drainage, lighting, signage and traffic signal improvements on local roads. Construction began in March 2014 and is scheduled for completion in late 2016. Approximate cost: $145.3 million.

Project fact sheet - English                    Project fact sheet - Español
Click here for a graphic of the project corridor.
For the location of the new sound barrier walls, click here.

For additional project information, contact Sonyha Rodriguez-Miller at the public information office of Florida’s Turnpike by calling 954-975-4855, ext. 1276, or via e-mail at: Sonyha.Rodriguez-Miller@dot.state.fl.us.

TURNPIKE WIDENING, SOUND WALLS AND EXPRESS LANES - SW 216th ST. TO EUREKA DR.

The Turnpike will be widened from four lanes to six, eight and 10 lanes. Express Lanes, similar to those on I-95, will be constructed. Sound barrier walls will be built along residential areas on the east side of the Turnpike. Work also includes asphalt milling and resurfacing, bridge widening, drainage, lighting, signage and traffic signal improvements on local roads. Construction began in August 2013 and is scheduled for completion in late 2016. Approximate cost: $41.6 million.

Project fact sheet - English                     Project fact sheet - Español 
Click here for a graphic of the project corridor.
For the location of the new sound barrier walls, click here.

For additional project information, contact Sonyha Rodriguez-Miller at the public information office of Florida’s Turnpike by calling 954-975-4855, ext. 1276, or via e-mail at: Sonyha.Rodriguez-Miller@dot.state.fl.us.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY

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MARTIN COUNTY

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POLK COUNTY

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VETERANS EXPRESSWAY/SUNCOAST PARKWAY (SR 589)

VETERANS EXPRESSWAY WIDENING AND CONVERSION TO ALL-ELECTRONIC TOLLING (MILEPOSTS 3-14)

This $380 million improvement project widens 11 miles of the Veterans Expressway (Toll 589) in Hillsborough County, providing much needed congestion relief to this regionally significant corridor.

The improvements, which are divided into five separate projects, double the capacity of the highway from four to eight lanes by adding two new lanes in each direction between Memorial and Gunn Highways and include future widening from Gunn Highway to Van Dyke Rd. These improvements complete the eight lanes of capacity for the full length of the Expressway. Due to right-of-way constraints and surrounding development, this construction represents the last physical widening of the Veterans Expressway. The widening improvements include reconstruction of 38 existing bridges and construction of three new bridges.

The current widening project also includes a concurrent project to convert the section of highway from Memorial Highway to Van Dyke Road to all-electronic tolling (AET) providing non-stop travel to the nearly 157,000 customers who travel the Veterans Expressway on a daily basis.

Motorists who choose the Veterans Expressway must have a SunPass prepaid toll account or they will be mailed a bill and charged a monthly invoice fee.  Seventy-five percent of the 150,000 motorists who travel Toll 589 every day already use SunPass to pay tolls.

The project also introduces the Express Lane concept to the region.  A congestion management tool, Express Lanes offer motorists a choice that provides an opportunity for a through-trip, with greater trip reliability and safety.

    Veterans Expressway Projected Completion Dates for Widening Projects and Conversion to All Electronic Tolling

    Widening Projects

Phase I Widening—Memorial to Gunn Highway—Under construction—Completion in 2015 and 2016
Phase II Widening—Gunn Highway to Sugarwood Toll Plaza—Funded for Design/Build construction beginning in Fiscal Year 2014
Phase III Widening—Sugarwood Toll Plaza to Van Dyke Road—Funded for Design/Build construction beginning in Fiscal Year 2015

    Conversion to All Electronic Tolling (Elimination of Cash Toll Collection)

Memorial to Gunn Highway—Under construction, scheduled for implementation by late spring 2014
Gunn Highway to Van Dyke—Under construction, scheduled for implementation by summer 2014

 

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