(APOPKA, FL) – The Central Florida Expressway Authority is scheduled at night on March 25 to permanently close the County Road 435 (Mount Plymouth Road) temporary on ramp to northbound Wekiva Parkway (State Road 429). The closure is in preparation for opening CFX’s final five miles of the parkway on March 31.
The new parkway Sections 2A, 2B and 2C are located between SR 46 and Kelly Park Road, and Round Lake Road and CR 435. The new 5-mile stretch includes an expressway connection to SR 46 for the first time.
Opening the new sections will require the following temporary and permanent traffic impacts:
- On March 31 at 6 a.m., crews will temporarily close the SR 429 southbound on ramp at SR 46. During the temporary closure, through traffic will be detoured to SR 46, CR 435 or Plymouth Sorrento Road and Haas Road.
- Also early on March 31, the SR 429 southbound exit ramp to CR 435 will close permanently.
- The CR 435 temporary ramp will, however, be available on March 31 for race and exhibitor traffic heading to the grand opening event. The Florida Highway Patrol will be posted at the CR 435 entrance ramp to SR 429 at 6 a.m. to guide runners and exhibitors driving to the event.
- The SR 429 southbound ramp at SR 46 will reopen once the new parkway sections open later that day.
Officers will be present and electronic message boards are posted to alert drivers. Bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances could delay or prolong work. Motorists are urged to use caution in the construction area for their safety and that of the work crews.
The activity is part of tying in the new CFX Section 2A, from east of Plymouth Sorrento Road to CR 435, to the Florida Department of Transportation’s Section 4, which opened in 2016.
The CR 435 temporary ramp was not one of the permanent interchange locations specified in the 2004 Wekiva Parkway & Protection Act. The State Legislature limited the number of permanent interchanges to curb the potential for development in the environmentally sensitive area surrounding the Wekiva River.
CFX has built five parkway sections totaling 10 miles and more than $271 million in construction costs. Once completed, the 25-mile parkway will complete Central Florida’s beltway, while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River.