Sanford, Fla. – Multiple traffic pattern changes are scheduled soon that will change access for residents and motorists traveling in the area of State Road (S.R.) 46, Wayside Drive and South Orange Avenue. The road closures and new traffic patterns are part of building Wekiva Parkway Section 7A along S.R. 46 from Longwood Markham Road to Orange Boulevard.
Some of the following changes will be temporary, while others will be permanent. All changes take effect on Monday, July 29:
• S.R. 46 Traffic Shift: On Monday, July 29, traffic on westbound S.R. 46 will merge into a single right (outside) lane east of Orange Boulevard, providing a single through lane, single right turn lane, and a single left turn lane at the existing signal. A temporary left turn lane will be installed on S.R. 46 for accessing South Center Road heading west on S.R. 46. These changes will allow construction of the new Wekiva Parkway westbound service road and other portions of the parkway on the north side of the corridor.
• Wayside Drive Closure: On Monday, July 29, Wayside Drive will close from Orange Boulevard to South Orange Avenue and from S.R. 46 to Forest Avenue. This will allow the elevated parkway to be built in this area, including bridges over Orange Boulevard.
• Capri Cove and South Orange Avenue Access: On Monday, July 29, residents of Capri Cove and South Orange Avenue will use a temporary access road to Wayside Drive. Residents will then take Wayside Drive to South Center Road to get to S.R. 46. This will allow the new, permanent side street connection to Orange Boulevard to be built.
Electronic message boards are posted. Please be advised work is dependent on weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. Work on Section 7A began April 1, 2018 and is scheduled to finish in 2022.
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.