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Study Advances Toll Expressway in South Lake County

Posted on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 5:55 pm

The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) Governing Board unanimously approved the Lake/Orange County Connector Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study and advanced the project to production phases.

The future 5-mile tolled expressway will provide a nonstop access route linking heavily traveled US 27 in south Lake County to State Road 429 in west Orange County. Design is expected to begin in Spring of 2020 with construction potentially beginning in Fall of 2022.

The CFX Board’s decision contributes to the larger regional effort to improve connectivity and mobility in the rapidly expanding south Lake County and west Orange County area. The PD&E study area fell within the Wellness Way Area Plan and the Horizon West Special Planning Area, with Wellness Way anticipated to generate over 26,000 jobs and Horizon West growing to a projected workforce of more than 27,000.

In March 2018 CFX began the Lake/Orange County Connector PD&E Study to evaluate a limited access expressway between US 27 in south Lake County and SR 429 in west Orange County. The goal of the study is to evaluate and recommend a viable and fundable transportation corridor that will improve regional connectivity; accommodate anticipated transportation demand; provide consistency with local and regional plans; support economic viability, job creation, and intermodal opportunities; and enhance evacuation and emergency services.

The study evaluates engineering, estimated project costs, and all alternatives and their potential impacts to the physical, natural, social and cultural environment.

The recommended preferred alternative, Alternative 3, had the lowest social impact and overall cost impacts among the alternatives considered. A map for the preferred alternative can be found at the following link: https://bit.ly/2MdwCmH