The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to evaluate alternatives for the widening of the Florida's Turnpike (SR 91) from south of Kissimmee Park Road to US 192 in Osceola County. The project consists of widening the Florida’s Turnpike within the project limits by adding general toll lanes and/or express lanes in each direction.
FTE identified the need to widen this portion of the Florida’s Turnpike (SR 91) to add capacity that will accommodate future traffic volumes of freight and passenger vehicles linked to the projected growth in population for the year 2045. The Florida’s Turnpike is also a major evacuation route for Central and Southeast Florida.
The roadway widening would require new and/or widened bridge structures. The project includes a crossing of the St. Cloud Canal (C-31 Canal). As part of the PD&E Study, the existing Kissimmee Park Road partial interchange will be reconfigured, as well as adding ramps to and from the south. In addition, a new southbound SR 91 on-ramp will be considered at the US 192 interchange. At this time it is anticipated that the widening of Florida’s Turnpike and the potential southbound on-ramp at US 192 will stay within the existing right of way. Right of way acquisition will likely be required to accommodate potential improvements to the Kissimmee Park Road interchange.
The Florida's Turnpike (SR 91), designated as the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, and originally known as the Sunshine State Parkway, is a north–south toll road that runs approximately 313 miles through 11 counties in the Florida peninsula. The Florida's Turnpike System is used daily by more than two million motorists.
This section of the Florida’s Turnpike (SR 91) is currently a four-lane (two lanes in each direction) limited access facility. Existing partial interchanges within the study corridor include Kissimmee Park Road and US 192.
The proposed corridor improvements will bring many additional benefits to the community such as: improved access; reduced congestion; enhanced mobility options; and improved evacuation and emergency response times. This can be accomplished with a focus on avoiding and minimizing social, physical, and environmental impacts.
This PD&E Study will evaluate capacity and interchange improvements that will include:
The project limits are from south of Kissimmee Park Road to the US 192 interchange. The total project length is approximately 4 miles (see project location map below).
This PD&E Study will be conducted in order to identify and evaluate any potential environmental impacts that may result from widening this section of the Florida’s Turnpike and making improvements to the two existing partial interchanges within the study limits. The study includes engineering services to develop concept plans that will be used to consider all social, economic, and environmental effects, and potential mitigation measures as required by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) PD&E Manual, along with the required environmental documents, engineering reports, and public involvement activities.
A State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) is the expected level of environmental documentation required for this project.
The project development process begins with the high-level planning of a project followed by design and ultimately construction. This study is in the Project Development and Environment, or PD&E Phase. As part of this effort, the corridor’s existing conditions and future traffic needs for the year 2045 are assessed. With this information, a concept will be developed to meet the 2045 design year transportation needs. The environmental and engineering analyses will be performed for this study. The concepts will be presented at an Alternatives Public Information Meeting for the public to provide feedback. The project team will review the feedback and refine the concepts. A Public Hearing will then be scheduled to present to the public the recommended concept for feedback. Comments from the Public Hearing will be considered and the study will be finalized.
The future of transportation is already here. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise 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:
We are also identifying potential solutions that embrace emerging transportation technologies. As we look to integrate all of these project goals into the overall design, a key element of the project will be consideration for new, emerging transportation technologies. There are several technologies that can be accommodated in a new corridor 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.
Please note schedule is subject to change.
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 website (left) or use the form in the Stay Connected section, at least seven days (7) before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (Voice).
There are a number of ways to stay connected with the project team and provide input to this PD&E Study.Please submit project-related comments and questions via mail or email to:
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise encourages you to stay connected with us. Please use the comment form below or contact us as noted on the left side of this website.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.
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