Florida State Road 417

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State Road 417 marker

State Road 417
Southern Connector
Central Florida GreeneWay
Seminole Expressway
Route information
Maintained by Central Florida Expressway Authority and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
Length: 54.061 mi[2] (87.003 km)
Existed: December 1988[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑4 in Celebration
  SR 528 in Orlando
SR 408 near Union Park
North end: I‑4 in Sanford
Location
Counties: Osceola, Orange, Seminole
Highway system
SR 416 SR 419

State Road 417 (SR 417), also known as the Central Florida GreeneWay, Southern Connector and Seminole Expressway (depending on the location), is a tolled limited-access state highway forming the eastern beltway around the city of Orlando, Florida, United States. It is owned and maintained by the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. The CFX section was posthumously named after former OOCEA (predecessor to CFX) chairman Jim Greene.

SR 417 was originally planned to be a full beltway around Orlando. Eventually, the beltway was divided, with the west side being designated SR 429, and the east side retaining the SR 417 designation.

Route description[edit]

The Southern Connector as well as the beltway begins at an interchange with Interstate 4 in Celebration. This section, run by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise is 6.4-mile-long (10.3 km), extending to the International Drive interchange.[3]

Between the International Drive interchange and the Orange-Seminole County line, the tollway is known as the Central Florida GreeneWay, and is operated by CFX.

The Seminole Expressway section of the tollway begins at the county line. This section, also run by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise is 17-mile-long (27 km), extends to an interchange with I-4 in Sanford at the end of the beltway.[4]

Tolls[edit]

There are six Mainline Toll Plazas on the tollway and have at least one express lane dedicated to E-Pass/SunPass for Electronic Toll Collection, which do not require motorists to stop at a booth, as well as lanes dedicated to cash collection. The Celebration Toll Plaza has one ETC lane, and all of the others have at least two ETC lanes. The Ramp Toll Plazas have a lane dedicated to ETC and exact change only, with no change provided.

While both E-Pass and SunPass are accepted at all interchanges along the toll road, portions maintained by CFX are signed as E-Pass and portions maintained by FTE are signed as SunPass.

The current toll rates took effect in July 2012.[5]

History[edit]

Phase I: The Eastern Beltway[edit]

Northbound at the University Mainline Toll Plaza, recently rebuilt with high-speed (express) lanes.

The first phase of SR 417, then termed the Eastern Beltway, extended from the current east end of the east–west Expressway northward to SR 426 (Aloma Avenue) in Seminole County. It allowed commuters to bypass the crowded Semoran Boulevard, as well as give expressway access to the University of Central Florida.

The OOCEA began construction of phase I in July 1987 and the road was opened to the public on December 16, 1988 at a cost of $105 million, with $35 million being spent on acquiring the right-of-way for the 6-mile (9.7 km) route.

Phase II: The Southeastern Beltway[edit]

Greenway shield, formerly used in Orange County

Phase II, the "Southeastern Beltway", was considered one of the most important parts of the Eastern Beltway because motorists could use this portion to travel from downtown Orlando to the Orlando International Airport without ever getting off the expressway system. This portion of the GreeneWay had passed through some of the most barren portions of Orange County. It skirts the Econlockhatchee River marshes that cover some of eastern Orange and northern Osceola.

The OOCEA began construction of the Southeastern Beltway, from Colonial Drive to the Beachline Expressway in January 1989, and opened ahead of schedule in July 1990. The 7.6-mile (12.2 km) route cost $72 million, with an estimated $13 million being spent on acquiring the right-of-way.

Phase III: The Southern Connector[edit]

The "Southern Connector" was to become a route extending from SR 528 all the way to SR 535. The OOCEA began construction of the 22-mile (35 km) road in November 1991 and completed construction July 1, 1993, at a cost of $273 million. It was during the construction of this section that the entire beltway project was renamed the Central Florida GreeneWay. This section currently does not have an interchange with Florida's Turnpike, so motorists heading north cannot use SR 417 as a beltway around Orlando, although there are future plans to construct such an interchange.

Phase IV: The Seminole Expressway[edit]

The original logo for the Seminole County Expressway

The Seminole Expressway, the northern leg of SR 417, is located in Seminole County and is owned and operated by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. The section south of Aloma Avenue to the county line (less than one mile) was acquired from the Seminole County Expressway Authority in April 1990 as part of Florida's Turnpike Expansion Program authorized by Senate Bill 1316.

The initial stretch, from just south of Aloma to US 17/92 opened in phases in 1994. The final six miles (10 km) connect to Interstate 4 near Sanford/Lake Mary, and opened to traffic on September 15, 2002, approximately seven months ahead of the final schedule. This leg features only one mainline toll plaza (just south of CR 427), but it is also the priciest toll plaza on SR 417 at $2 per vehicle. This section also features the only "free movement" on SR 417. No toll is collected for motorists traveling between I-4 and Rinehart Road (whose interchange with SR 417 is used for travelers on SR 46 and CR 46A to get to and from SR 417).

Phase V: Southern Connector Extension[edit]

Due to the multiple entities involved, which included OOCEA, Walt Disney World, Osceola County, private landowners, the Reedy Creek Improvement District, and the Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, building the southernmost 6.4-mile (10.3 km) between I-4 and the GreeneWay became a complex task. Eventually, they agreed on the Southern Connector Extension, as well as the 12.4-mile (20.0 km) Osceola Parkway.

Florida's Turnpike began construction of the 6.4-mile (10.3 km) extension from the GreeneWay to I-4 in 1994 and completed construction in mid 1996. The project cost almost $153 million, with $74 million coming from contributions from the private parties involved in building this route, making it possible to get from Walt Disney World to the Orlando International Airport without ever driving on Interstate 4.

Later changes[edit]

In 2008, the Turnpike Enterprise began a $49 million project to reconstruct the Lake Jesup toll plaza, allowing for the inclusion of SunPass/E-PASS express lanes. The project was completed in April 2011.[6]

On December 14, 2011, the northern terminus of SR 417 was extended from Interstate 4 to International Parkway. The $11.4 million project began construction on November 29, 2010.[7]

Future[edit]

After decades of negotiations, the Turnpike Enterprise and OOCEA finally agreed to build a partial interchange between the GreeneWay and Florida's Turnpike.[8] The interchange is being built in two phases. The first phase, built by CFX, will add ramps from southbound SR 417 to southbound Florida’s Turnpike and from northbound Florida’s Turnpike to northbound SR 417. Construction on the first phase began in September 2013 and is expected to be complete in early 2015. The second phase, completing the interchange, will be built by the Turnpike Enterprise with construction beginning in Fiscal Year 2015.[9][10]

A rebuild of the interchange with SR408 is partially complete. The first phase, completed in 2013, widened SR404 from six to eight lanes through the interchange added ramps from westbound 408 to northbound SR417 and southbound SR417 to westbound 408, which were previously located about a mile to the west of the rest of the interchange.[11] The second phase will rebuild the remaining ramps.[12]

The OOCEA 2030 Master Plan suggests widening the entire expressway to six lanes from International Drive to the Seminole County line.[13] Florida's Turnpike Enterprise has completed a project development & environment study (PD&E) to evaluate the widening of the Seminole Expressway, the portion of SR 417 north of University Boulevard. Construction between University Boulevard and SR 434 is currently not scheduled to begin until 2020.[14]

In 2019 construction is anticipated to start on a new interchange between SR 429 (Wekiva Parkway), SR 417, and Interstate 4. This will complete the beltway around Orlando.[15]

In January 2015, the speed limit along mostly rural parts of the highway south of Orlando will be raised to 70 mph from the current 65 mph speed limit. The increase follows a study that found 85% of drivers on the highway already drive between 70-80 mph.[16]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Osceola Celebration 0.000 0.000 -- I‑4 west (SR 400) – Tampa Southbound exit and northbound entrance; Exit 62 on I-4, shared with World Drive
0.3[17] 0.5 Celebration Toll Plaza ($0.77 SunPass, $1.00 cash)
1.012 1.629 2 To US 192 (SR 530) / Celebration Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.25 SunPass, $0.50 cash)
  2.311 3.719 3 Osceola Parkway (CR 522) Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.25 SunPass, $0.50 cash)
Orange   5.098 8.204 6 To SR 536 / SR 535 / I‑4 east / International Drive Southbound exit and northbound entrance; FTE authority ends, CFX authority begins
  6.2[17] 10.0 John Young Mainline Toll Plaza ($1.37 E-Pass, $1.50 cash)
Hunter's Creek 8.659 13.935 10 CR 423 (John Young Parkway) Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.82 E-Pass, $1.00 cash)
  10.032 16.145 11 US 17 / US 92 / US 441 (Orange Blossom Trail / SR 500 / SR 600) Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.55 E-Pass, $0.75 cash)
  11.02[18] 17.73 Turnpike (SR 91) Under construction; Phase 1 (expected completion: November 2014) adds ramps from the northbound Turnpike to northbound SR417 and southbound SR417 to southbound Turnpike (no toll);[19] Phase 2 (expected completion: spring 2016) adds the remaining ramps (with toll)[20][21]
Meadow Woods 12.377 19.919 14 Landstar Boulevard Northbound exit and southbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.50 E-Pass / cash)
  14.3[17] 23.0 Boggy Creek Mainline Toll Plaza ($1.37 E-Pass, $1.50 cash)
Orlando 15.903 25.593 17 Boggy Creek Road (CR 527A) – International Airport Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($1.09 E-Pass, $1.25 cash)
17.996 28.962 19 Lake Nona Boulevard Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.82 E-Pass, $1.00 cash)
20.550 33.072 22 CR 15 (Narcoosee Road) Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.82 E-Pass, $1.00 cash)
22.017 35.433 23 Moss Park Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.55 E-Pass, $0.75 cash)
22.939 36.917 24 Innovation Way / Dowden Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.55 E-Pass, $0.75 cash)
24.571 39.543 26 SR 528 – International Airport, Cocoa
26.482 42.619 27 Lee Vista Boulevard Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.25 E-Pass, $0.50 cash)
  27.2[17] 43.8 Curry Ford Mainline Toll Plaza ($0.82 E-Pass, $1.00 cash)
  28.785 46.325 30 Curry Ford Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.55 E-Pass, $0.75 cash)
  31.525 50.735 33 SR 408 – Orlando, Titusville Signed as exits 33A (east) and 33B (west)
  33.217 53.458 34 SR 50 (Colonial Drive) Northbound exit and southbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.55 E-Pass, $0.75 cash)
  34.7[17] 55.8 University Mainline Toll Plaza ($0.82 E-Pass, $1.00 cash)
  35.486 57.109 37 University Boulevard signed as exits 37A (east) and 37B (west) northbound; serves University of Central Florida; southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.55 E-Pass, $0.75 cash)
Seminole   37.109 59.721 38 SR 426 (Aloma Avenue) Northbound exit and southbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.26 SunPass, $0.50 cash)
Oviedo 40.308 64.869 41 Red Bug Lake Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.51 SunPass, $0.75 cash)
Winter Springs 42.716 68.745 44 SR 434 (SR 419) Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.77 SunPass, $1.00 cash)
  43.518–
45.022[18]
70.035–
72.456
Bridge over Lake Jesup
  46.7[17] 75.2 Lake Jesup Toll Plaza ($2.04 SunPass, $2.25 cash)
Sanford 48.211 77.588 49 CR 427 / Lake Mary Boulevard – Orlando Sanford International Airport Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.51 SunPass, $0.75 cash)
49.258 79.273 50 US 17 / US 92 (SR 15 / SR 600) – Sanford Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.51 SunPass, $0.75 cash)
51.101 82.239 52 CR 46A – Sanford, Lake Mary Southbound exit and northbound entrance ramp tolls ($0.26 SunPass, $0.50 cash)
53.627 86.304 54 Rinehart Road (CR 431B)
54.061 87.003 55 I‑4 (SR 400) – Downtown Orlando, Daytona Beach northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 55A (east) and 55B (west); I-4 exit 101B
  54.061 87.003 55C Heathrow (International Parkway) continuation beyond I-4
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Expressway Navigator (PDF), fall 2002
  2. ^ a b "Florida Department of Transportation Interchange Report" (PDF). Florida Department of Transportation. 2010-08-04. pp. 2–3. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  3. ^ Southern Connector Map
  4. ^ Seminole Expressway Map
  5. ^ "2012 Toll Facilities Reference Manual" (PDF). Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. July 2012. pp. 25–43. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Florida's Turnpike Enterprise Widening Projects in Central Florida
  7. ^ New Road—State Road (SR) 417 Extension to International Parkway— Opening
  8. ^ SR417/SR91 INTERCHANGE NEW CONSTRUCTION
  9. ^ "Central/West Central Florida Construction/Lane Closure Update". Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "New Interchange at Florida’s Turnpike & SR 417 (MP 251)". Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Traffic Shift Marks First Major Step Toward New SR 408 / SR 417 Interchange". Valencia College (PDF). Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "State Road 408/State Road 417 South Interchange Project (Not currently scheduled for construction.)". Central Florida Expressway Authority. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  13. ^ https://www.oocea.com/Portals/0/DigArticle/66/2030_Improvements_Map.pdf
  14. ^ WIDEN SEMINOLE EXPRESSWAY (SR 417)
  15. ^ "Wekiva Parkway - FDOT Sections". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Speed limit to increase to 70 mph on SR-417, 429". wftv.com. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f Google Maps distance
  18. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed March 2014
  19. ^ "SR417/Florida's Turnpike Partial Interchange". oocea.com. Central Florida Expressway Authority. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "New Interchange at Florida’s Turnpike & SR 417 (MP 251)" (PDF). floridasturnpike.com. Florida Department of Transportation. July 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  21. ^ Richardson, Matthew (17 January 2014). "How RS&H won design deal for SR 417/Florida’s Turnpike interchange". bizjournals.com. Orlando Business Journal. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing