The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), is designing a new interchange at Sand Lake Road (SR 482) and Florida’s Turnpike (SR 91) in Orange County, Florida. The interchange will provide full access to/from the northbound and southbound directions along Florida’s Turnpike. This new interchange will:
Project improvements include the reconstruction of the Sand Lake Road bridges spanning over Florida’s Turnpike to accommodate the new ramps, turn lane improvements at the Presidents Drive and Sand Lake Road intersection, and new sidewalks along both sides of Sand Lake Road from John Young Parkway to Presidents Drive.
The new ramp connections from Florida's Turnpike to Sand Lake Road will be signalized. The southbound off-ramp will tie into Sand Lake Road where the existing median opening into the Sand Lake Corners shopping center is located today. This median opening will be converted into a signalized intersection. The other ramp connections will be made closer to the Sand Lake Road bridges. Tolls will be collected on both the southbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp using a toll transponder (or “electronic tolling”) or toll-by-plate. This toll collection system is known as All Electronic Tolling (AET) and does not provide cash lanes for toll collection. No tolls will be collected on the southbound on-ramp and northbound off-ramp. Highway lighting will be added to the interchange.
The FDOT, District Five, previously conducted the Sand Lake Road Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study that evaluated various alternatives and made a final recommendation for advancement into the design phase. The PD&E study was completed in 2006 and evaluated the widening of Sand Lake Road from west of Turkey Lake Road to Presidents Drive, and a new interchange at Sand Lake Road and Florida’s Turnpike. The limits of this project extend from John Young Parkway to Presidents Drive and include the new interchange ramps at Sand Lake Road with Florida’s Turnpike.
As part of the PD&E study conducted in 2006, potential impacts to the environment were considered and measures to minimize and mitigate for these impacts were incorporated into the project. Based on the recommended design, it was determined that there are no significant impacts associated with the project. As the design phase continues, any new impacts associated with the project will be identified and addressed through the permitting process with the appropriate resource agency.
The future of transportation is already here. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) is leading the region by planning for a safer, more efficient, and more technologically advanced system for the future. FTE is always seeking opportunities to integrate emerging transportation technologies to help reduce congestion, create mobility choices, and improve safety. The proposed interchange will help achieve these goals by enhancing the connectivity and safety features in the project area.
The proposed interchange will utilize a single point urban interchange (SPUI) configuration. Under this configuration, the ramps on either side of the Florida’s Turnpike will operate as one signal. Left turning traffic from eastbound Sand Lake Road to northbound Florida’s Turnpike and westbound Sand Lake Road to southbound Florida’s Turnpike will proceed simultaneously. This increases the efficiency of the interchange and movements along Sand Lake Road. The SPUI configuration allows for more vehicles to make a turn and clear the intersection in one traffic signal cycle and provides for more gradual turns to accommodate larger vehicles.
The proposed interchange will utilize an All Electronic Tolling (AET) system to collect tolls by transponder or toll-by-plate. No cash lanes will be provided and ensures that traffic flows through the interchange unimpeded. This provides the safest, most convenient and most efficient way to pay tolls.
The design phase is expected to last until fall 2021 and construction is expected to begin in late 2021.
A Public Information Meeting is scheduled for January 29, 2019 (Click here for meeting materials).
The project schedule is below:
Please note schedule is subject to change.
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A copy of the Sand Lake Road Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study, prepared by FDOT District Five, is available for download. Click here to download the document.
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