As Part of Building the Wekiva Parkway
Crews are scheduled Thursday, Jan. 16, to close both directions of State Road (S.R.) 417 at Interstate 4 (I-4) as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429). Detours will occur on northbound S.R. 417 from 8:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. and on southbound S.R. 417 from 7:30 p.m. – 6 a.m.
The closures will allow crews to move a crane across the S.R. 417 travel lanes.
Northbound S.R. 417 traffic heading to International Parkway will exit at Rinehart Road and follow the detour to S.R. 46 or County Road (C.R.) 46A. Traffic will be able to access westbound I-4 by using Rinehart Road to C.R. 46A. The ramp from S.R. 417 northbound to I-4 eastbound will remain open.
Motorists heading to southbound S.R. 417 will follow the detour to C.R. 46A or S.R. 46 and use the Rinehart Road entrance ramps to southbound S.R. 417.
Electronic message boards have been posted. Please note construction schedules may change due to weather or other circumstances.
The work is being conducted as part of Wekiva Parkway Section 8, which is building the interchange to connect S.R. 429, S.R. 417 and Interstate 4. Construction on this 2.63-mile project includes building nearly two dozen bridges, aesthetic walls and a toll gantry. The Wekiva Parkway includes all electronic tolling for the greatest customer convenience and to keep traffic moving.
Work on this $253.3 million project began in December 2018 and is expected to finish in late 2022.
Media inquiries should be directed to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Communications Office at [email protected] or by phone at 386-943-5593. For more information visit the project website at www.wekivaparkway.com, and follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
The Florida Department of Transportation 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.
More Project Information: The Wekiva Parkway is completing the beltway around Central Florida, while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River. The FDOT and the Central Florida Expressway Authority so far have completed 13 miles of the eventual 25-mile toll road. The parkway provides travel alternatives, enhances safety and relieves 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 largely elevating the expressway to separate vehicles and wildlife.