Wekiva Parkway construction is fully underway all on remaining sections in Lake and Seminole Counties. Upon completion, the 25 mile long toll road will provide part of a seamless beltway encircling Orlando, connecting with SR 429 along the John Land Expressway southward and with SR 417 along the Seminole Expressway eastward. Associated work (Sections 3A/3B) through Spring 2020 expands portions of SR 46, including a 3.8 mile section from U.S. 441 at Mt. Dora to the Mt. Dora Connector (SR 453). Section 7B involves widening a 1.3 mile section of SR 46 leading east from Wekiva Parkway at Orange Boulevard to Wayside Drive in Seminole County. Construction here commenced in July 2019 and extends into 2021.1
Work commenced from SR 46 to the west on Section 6 on October 18, 2017. The six mile section traverses some of the most environmentally sensitive areas along the toll road, including areas of Rock Springs Run State Reserve and Seminole State Forest. Work through Spring 2021 replaces SR 46 as the main route joining Lake and Seminole Counties. A separate project (Section 5) wrapping up later this year realigns CR 46A southward to SR 46 at the new toll road as well.
Section 6 construction includes three separate bridge systems providing wildlife crossings, including the spans across the Wekiva River.
Section 7A extends the toll road east from the Lake County line / Wekiva River 3.53 miles to Orange Boulevard (CR 431). A frontage road system will accompany the toll road along this segment, with four roundabouts connecting the service roads with intersecting roads below bridges for Wekiva Parkway. Work on Section 7A runs through 2022.
The final segment of Wekiva Parkway under construction is Section 8. Work on the 2.63 mile link to Interstate 4 and SR 417 (Seminole Expressway) started on October 26, 2018 and runs through 2022. A diamond interchange will be built at International Parkway; this replaces the ramp system and access road currently joining the parkway with SR 417 south and from SR 417 north. The systems interchange joining Interstate 4 with the Seminole Expressway will be modified to improve existing ramp geometry and to provide full access with Wekiva Parkway.
- “Extra on Getting There: SR 46 Traffic May Get Worse Before It Gets Better.” Spectrum News 13 (Orlando, FL), July 17, 2019.