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Northbound Orange Boulevard to Close for Several Weeks

  As Part of Building the Wekiva Parkway

 

 

Sanford, Fla. Crews are scheduled early Monday, Jan. 13, between midnight and 5:30 a.m., to close northbound Orange Boulevard from Wayside Drive to State Road (S.R.) 46 as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). Traffic will be detoured for several weeks so that crews can install utilities. Southbound Orange Boulevard will remain open but be shifted to the left.

 

Motorists heading for S.R. 46 will turn right on Wayside Drive then turn left on International Parkway.

 

Electronic message boards have been posted. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.

 

The work is being conducted as part of building Wekiva Parkway Section 7A. Work on this stretch along S.R. 46 from Longwood-Markham Road to Orange Boulevard began April 1, 2018, and is scheduled to finish in 2022. The project is building 3.53 miles of limited access toll road largely along existing S.R. 46 and will include non-tolled service roads for local travel, slip ramps to enter and exit the Wekiva Parkway, and several bridges over side streets.

 

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 386-943-5593. For more information visit the project website at www.wekivaparkway.com, and follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

 

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.

 

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