SORRENTO, FL – Crews are scheduled in July to permanently close the State Road (S.R.) 46 intersection at County Road (C.R.) 46A. Crews will move the traffic signal about a half mile west on S.R. 46 to a new connector road to allow work to begin on additional portions of the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429).
The intersection and signal relocation will coincide with closing portions of C.R. 46A in this area (see map below). Access between S.R. 46 and C.R. 46A will remain as part of this operation. Electronic message boards have been placed to alert drivers, and law enforcement officers will be on site for this operation.
This work is part of parkway Section 6, which began construction on October 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, a new, much higher bridge 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 2022. Other project information can be found at www.wekivaparkway.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates.
More Project Information: The $1.6 billion Wekiva Parkway will complete the beltway around Central Florida, while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River. The Florida Department of Transportation and the Central Florida Expressway Authority so far have completed 13 miles of the eventual 25-mile toll road. The parkway will provide travel alternatives, enhance safety and relieve U.S. 441, S.R. 46 and other 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 a largely elevated expressway to separate vehicles and wildlife.
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