Widen Turnpike (SR 91) PD&E, SR 408 to SR 50

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Rebecca Bolan, P.E.
Project Manager for
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (Atkins Team)
PO Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761-3069
Rebecca.Bolan@dot.state.fl.us
407.264.3416

Rax Jung, Ph.D., P.E.
Project Development Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761-3069
Rax.Jung@dot.state.fl.us
407.264.3870

Welcome

The Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), 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

A PD&E Study is an environmental and engineering process conducted by FDOT to determine social, economic, physical and environmental impacts associated with a proposed transportation improvement project. An important component of the process is public and agency involvement. The process follows federal and state laws and regulations. It requires the combined efforts of professional engineers, planners and scientists who collect and analyze project-related information to develop the best solution for a community’s transportation needs while minimizing impacts.

Click here to see the PD&E Process video.

A PD&E Study is an important step in FDOT’s transportation project development process. This process consists of five phases—Planning, PD&E Study, Design, Right of Way Acquisition, and Construction.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

About the Project

About - Introduction

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.

About - 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.

About - Study Area Details With Map

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:

Study Area 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

Using Emerging Technology to Improve Quality of Life

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 corridor for the future. Emerging transportation technologies will be considered in the PD&E Study to address the transportation goals and needs along the corridor.

The PD&E Study will identify corridor improvements that will:

  • reduce congestion
  • create mobility choices
  • improve safety and
  • enhance evacuation routes

FTE is also identifying potential solutions that embrace emerging transportation technologies. As we look to integrate all these project goals into the overall design, a key element of the study will be consideration for new, emerging transportation technologies. There are several technologies that can be accommodated in new projects to help improve safety, create efficiency, and minimize environmental impacts.

Do you have an idea for a technology or innovation to be considered as part of this study? Click here and submit your idea.

Click here to see the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Technology Video

Schedule

A PD&E Study milestone schedule is provided below:

Schedule

Schedule is preliminary and subject to change

Stay Connected

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise encourages you to stay connected with us. Please use the comment form below to submit project-related comments or questions.

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Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.

Rebecca Bolan, P.E.
Project Manager for
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (Atkins Team)
PO Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761-3069
Rebecca.Bolan@dot.state.fl.us
407.264.3416
Rax Jung, Ph.D., P.E.
Project Development Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761-3069
Rax.Jung@dot.state.fl.us
407.264.3870

For information in Spanish, please contact: (Para información en español por favor contacte:)

Juliette Valencia
Community Outreach Manager for
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (WSP USA)
(954) 934-1276
Juliette.Valencia@dot.state.fl.us

Media inquiries should be directed to the Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Communications Office using the contact information below:

Stephanie Eisenberg
Community Outreach Specialist for
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (WSP USA)
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761
(407) 264-3064
Stephanie.Eisenberg@dot.state.fl.us

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