Florida State Road 434

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State Road 434 marker

State Road 434
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 28.490 mi[1] (45.850 km)
Existed: 1945 – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 423 in Orlando
  SR 414 in Altamonte Springs
I‑4 in Longwood
SR 419 / SR 426 in Oviedo
East end: SR 50 near Bithlo
Highway system
SR 430 SR 435

State Road 434 (SR 434) is a major roadway in the Central Florida area. Starting at SR 424 (Edgewater Drive) just north of Orlando city limits, the road runs north as Forest City Road through Forest City before dropping the name at the Seminole County line. SR 434 continues north and east through Altamonte Springs and Longwood before turning south and east through Winter Springs and Oviedo. SR 434 is called Central Avenue when it first turns south towards downtown Oviedo. After going through downtown Oviedo, SR 434 is called Alafaya Trail from its intersection with Mitchell Hammock Road south to the Orange County line to its end at SR 50 (Colonial Drive). The road continues south as Alafaya Trail only without the state road designation. Alafaya meets with State Road 50 in Union Park, FL.

West of Oviedo SR 434 is signed east–west, south of Oviedo it is signed north–south.

Route description[edit]

In Seminole County, official maps show SR 434 as being named Sanlando Springs Road through Longwood and Sanford-Oviedo Road through Winter Springs. A 1995 United States Geological Survey map of Forest City calls SR 434 Forest City Palm Springs Road north of its intersection with SR 436. Despite this it is virtually unheard of for a local resident to refer to the road as such with most not even aware of the names. The road is referred to locally as simply State Road 434, Highway 434, Route 434 or just as 434.

SR 434 is called Alafaya Trail from Mitchell Hammock Road in Oviedo, continuing south into Orange County, to its end at SR 50 (Colonial Drive). Alafaya Trail continues south of Colonial Drive without the SR 434 designation.

In the 1883 plat of Forest City Orange Park, a section of what is now SR 434 south of its intersection with SR 436 was named Bay Street.

History[edit]

SR 434 was defined in the 1945 renumbering as:

SR 431 was defined as:

  • From a point on the old Orlando-Apopka Road near the N.E. corner of Section 4, T. 22 S - R. 29 E. Northerly to intersection with SR 436 at Forest City

The original route of SR 434 had it begin at SR 436 and Bear Lake Road, run south on Bear Lake Road, northeast on Bunnell Road, along the current SR 434 to Longwood, south on CR 427 and Anchor Road, southeast on current SR 436, south on Lake Howell Road, and east on Howell Branch Road to end at SR 426.

At some point, Alafaya Trail from Oviedo south to SR 50 was added as an extension of SR 520. Also around the same time, SR 434 west of Forest City and east of Longwood was removed, and SR 434's east end was extended to SR 419.

Eventually, around 1985, SR 434 was extended in both directions, south from the west end along SR 431 and east and south from the east end along SR 419 and SR 520 (which had, in the meantime, become County Road 520 on Alafaya Trail).

In 2013, a short extension of SR 434 opened, connecting the road directly to SR 423 (John Young Parkway) via a flyover bridge across US 441 (Orange Blossom Trail). A major goal of this extension was to alleviate I-4 traffic.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Orange Orlando 0.000 0.000 SR 423 south (John Young Parkway) interchange
  1.242 1.999 SR 424 west / CR 424 west (Edgewater Drive)
Eatonville 1.819 2.927 Kennedy Boulevard (CR 438A east) / All American Boulevard
Seminole Altamonte Springs 3.39 5.46 SR 414 (Maitland Boulevard) to I‑4 interchange
5.150 8.288 SR 436 (Semoran Boulevard) – Altamonte Springs, Apopka
Longwood 8.422 13.554 I‑4 (SR 400) – Daytona Beach, Orlando I-4 exit 94
11.136 17.922 CR 427 (Ronald Reagan Boulevard)
12.308 19.808 US 17 / US 92 (SR 15 / SR 600)
Winter Springs 14.550 23.416 SR 419 north west end of SR 419 overlap
18.85 30.34 SR 417 – Sanford, Orlando SR 417 exit 44
Oviedo 21.087 33.936 To CR 419 / Franklin Street
21.337 34.339 SR 426 west / CR 419 south (Broadway Street) / CR 426 east (Geneva Drive) east end of SR 419 overlap
22.336 35.946 To SR 417 / Mitchell Hammock Road – Seminole State College
Orange University of Central Florida 26.338 42.387 To SR 417 / University Boulevard
  28.043 45.131 To SR 408 / Challenger Parkway
  28.490 45.850 SR 50 (East Colonial Drive)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed March 2014
  2. ^ "State, Local Officials Unveil New John Young Parkway/SR 434 Extension". West Orlando News. Retrieved 6 May 2014.