Construction activities will increase on State Road (S.R.) 46, west of Sanford during the week of April 22, and motorists should be alert for large construction equipment and vehicles entering and exiting multiple areas of the work zone. The work is for the expansion of the Wekiva Parkway project.
Activities include installing drainage pipe under the Florida Gas Transmission line along the north side of S.R. 46 west of Longwood-Markham Road. Other significant utility work will include Florida Power & Light installing lines underground on both sides of S.R. 46. Work also includes driving sheet pile for retaining walls along the north side of S.R. 46 across from Lake Markham Road.
The contractor has safely relocated gopher tortoises – a protected, keystone species – to a state licensed recipient site. Work is continuing and, so far, 98 of the reptiles have been excavated from 148 burrows. Once the tortoises are safely excavated, crews are clearing and grubbing these areas.
Drivers should exercise extra caution within the construction zone. FDOT asks that you pay attention to speed limit signs and all construction signs and safety devices.
Construction is scheduled to finish in 2022. Please note schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances. Updates are available on wekivaparkway.com, cflroads.com and by following the project on Facebook and Twitter (@WekivaPKWYinfo).
Media inquiries should contact Steve Olson, FDOT Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at 386-943-5479.