Pattern: S.R. 46 Traffic Shifts onto Temporary Lanes and Wildlife Bridge
As Part of Building the Wekiva Parkway
Sorrento, Fla. – Crews are scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 8 p.m. – 6:30 a.m., to shift State Road (S.R.) 46 traffic onto temporary lanes and a new wildlife crossing bridge from County Road (C.R.) 46A to just west of Wekiva Pines Boulevard as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). The traffic shift includes relocating the traffic signal to the new intersection of S.R. 46 and C.R. 46A.
The traffic pattern changes will remain in place for months. The change will allow crews to remove existing S.R. 46 and to continue building the parkway and remaining wildlife bridges in this area.
The changes also will provide a new access road for properties along the south side of the S.R. 46 corridor. Those properties will now share a single access point to get to S.R. 46.
Electronic message boards have been posted. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather, or other circumstances.
This work is part of Wekiva Parkway Section 6, which began construction on Oct. 17, 2017. The six-mile stretch of largely elevated expressway will extend along the S.R. 46 corridor from the S.R. 429 interchange east of Camp Challenge Road to just west of Longwood-Markham Road.
The project includes a non-tolled, service road for local travel, new, much higher bridges over the Wekiva River, and several wildlife bridges to allow animals to pass safely between the Seminole State Forest, Rock Springs Run State Reserve, and Lower Wekiva River Preserve.
A multi-use trail with scenic overlooks at the wildlife bridges will be included along the service road on this section. Work will include connector roads between remaining sections of C.R. 46A and S.R. 46 to maintain private property access. Work is scheduled to finish in 2021. Other project information can be found at www.wekivaparkway.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates.
Media inquiries should be directed to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Communications Office at FDOT-D5COMM@dot.state.fl.us or by phone at 386-943-5479.
FDOT urges all drivers to stay alert and use caution while driving through or near construction zones. When driving, walking, or bicycling, remember to pay attention and follow the rules. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.
More Project Information: The Wekiva Parkway is completing the beltway around Central Florida, while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River. The FDOT and the Central Florida Expressway Authority so far have completed 13 miles of the eventual 25-mile toll road. The parkway provides travel alternatives, enhances safety and relieves area roads of traffic congestion.
Environmentalists refer to the Wekiva Parkway as a good example of transportation planning through environmentally sensitive areas. Parkway development has included conserving more than 3,400 acres of land, building wildlife bridges, and largely elevating the expressway to separate vehicles and wildlife.