Sanford, Fla. – Crews are scheduled at night on March 18-19 to close the eastbound lane of State Road (S.R.) 46 from Center Road to Wayside Drive as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). Traffic in both directions will alternate through one lane from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to allow crews to perform stormwater drainage operations on the outside shoulder of S.R. 46.
Additionally, crews are scheduled at night on March 18-19 to intermittently close Orange Boulevard between Wayside Drive and Walden View Drive to walk a crane across the roadway. Off-duty law enforcement officers will assist in directing traffic during the brief road closure.
Electronic message boards have been posted. Motorists may experience a slight delay during this operation.
Please be advised that weather or other unexpected conditions could delay or prolong work.
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.
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.