Florida 408 west
Florida 408 westbound advances west from I-4 to a diamond interchange (Exit 9) with U.S. 17-92-441 (Orange Blossom Trail). Construction associated with the Ultimate I-4 project adds a fourth westbound lane to the Tampa Avenue on-ramp. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Orange Blossom Trail (OBT) is an older arterial serving the Paramore, Holden Heights and Angebilt neighborhoods of west Orlando. U.S. 17-92-441 follow OBT from Kissimmee in Osceola County northward to Florida 50 (Colonial Drive). Photo taken 09/20/17.
Reassurance marker for SR 408 west posted after the Parramore Avenue underpass. Photo taken 12/13/07.
Camping World Stadium, formerly the Citrus Bowl, lies northwest of Exit 9 at Church Street and Rio Grande Avenue. Orlando City Stadium, home of the MLS Orlando City SC, lies east of OBT along Church Street. Tinker Field was a baseball stadium located next to the Citrus Bowl. It was demolished in 2015. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Exit 9 departs Florida 408 west for U.S. 17-92-441 (OBT). OBT was originally an auto trail linking Kissimmee, Orlando, Apopka and Mount Dora. U.S. 441 follows the route northwest to Leesburg. U.S. 17 & 92 branch east from OBT along Colonial Drive (SR 50) to Mills Avenue and Winter Park. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Florida 408 curves northwest toward a diamond interchange (Exit 8A) with Florida 423 / Orange County 423 (John Young Parkway). A half diamond interchange adds traffic from Tampa Avenue (Exit 8B). Photo taken 09/20/17.
Florida 423 / County Road 423 (John Young Parkway) constitutes a major north-south arterial through west Orlando. John Young Parkway south serves south Orlando, Williamsburg, and north Kissimmee; northbound heads toward Fairvilla and Eatonville. The parkway was named after astronaut John Young. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Widening of the East-West Expressway completed in 2006 replaced the main line toll plaza preceding John Young Parkway (Exit 8A) with a modern facility further west at Pine Hills. Photo taken 09/20/17.
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John Young Parkway doubles as CR 423, a sporadically signed route, southward to I-4 and the Osceola County line. SR 423 follows John Young Parkway northward to U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail), where it turns east along Lee Road toward its end at U.S. 17 & 92 (Orlando Avenue) in Winter Park. Photo taken 09/20/17. Second photo taken 02/08/08. Third photo taken 02/08/08.
Old Winter Garden Road (CR 526) converges with SR 408 (East-West Expressway) at a half diamond interchange next. SR 408 shifts north of the parallel route to the unincorporated Pine Hills community. Photo taken 09/20/17.
An auxiliary lane accompanies Florida 408 west from Florida 423 to Exit 7. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Old Winter Garden Road extends Washington Street west from the Westfield neighborhood in Orlando to Orlo Vista and Ocoee. Despite consistent references from CFX-guide signs, Orange County 527 is vastly unsigned along the five-lane boulevard. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Exit 7 curves north to intersect Old Winter Garden Road in an industrial area between Ferguson and Mercy Drives. CR 526 crosses paths with SR 408 again near the west end by Ocoee. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Florida 408 navigates through an S-curve westbound across Ortman Drive and Old Winter Garden Road to the Pine Hills Mainline Toll Plaza. Exit 6 separates from expressway just beyond the toll collection point. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Pine Hills Road travels north from Old Winter Garden Road through Pine Hills to Beggs Road at Lockhart. The only signs for Orange County 431 are posted on guide signs along Florida 408 westbound. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Commencing operations in December 2006, the Pine Hills Main Plaza accommodates six-overall express lanes and four toll booths for cash collection. The proximity to Exit 6 requires motorists departing for Pine Hill Road to use the cash lanes. Photo taken 09/20/17.
The one mile sign for Florida 435 (Kirkman Road) appears above the EPass / SunPass lanes at the Pine Hills Main Plaza. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Subsequent exits along Florida 408 west are the diamond interchanges with Florida 435 and Hiawassee Road. Photo taken 09/20/17.
The half diamond interchange (Exit 6) with Pine Hills Road lies one quarter mile south of the CR 431 intersection with SR 50 (West Colonial Drive). Photo taken 09/20/17.
Florida 435 (Kirkman Road) begins at Florida 50 (Colonial Drive) and heads south to Florida 482 (Sand Lake Road) at the Lockheed Martin plant. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Exit 5 leaves Florida 408 westbound for Florida 435 (Kirkman Road). Florida 435 south serves the Orlo Vista community and Metro West in west Orlando. Universal Orlando lies west of the arterial route by the Florida 435 interchange with I-4. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Winding west just south of the commercial strip along Colonial Drive, SR 408 next meets Hiawassee Road at Exit 4. Hiawassee Road meanders southward to Orlo Vista and Metro West to end at Conroy Road (CR 439). Photo taken 09/20/17.
Westbound mileage sign referencing the western terminus at Florida's Turnpike and connections to Ocoee and Winter Garden via SR 50. Photo taken 09/20/17.
The East-West Expressway drops below grade north of the Crescent Heights and Crescent Hill neighborhoods. Paul Street and Powers Drive span Florida 408 beyond this shield assembly. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Hiawassee Road, like John Young Parkway, also comprises a busy north-south arterial. Heading north, the road doubles as CR 435 from SR 50 (Colonial Drive) and SR 438 (Silver Star Road). Hiawassee Road continues beyond Silver Star Road toward Clarcona and Apopka. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Drivers bound for Hiawassee Road leave Florida 408 westbound at Exit 4. Hiawassee Road intersects Silver Star Road in 1.75 miles and U.S. 441 in seven miles. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Three miles removed from the Pine Hills Main Plaza, motorists along SR 408 west enter the Hiawassee Main Plaza. Photo taken 10/20/18.
Exit 2 joins Florida 408 with Good Homes Road at a parclo interchange (Exit 2) in 1.25 miles. Mid 2000s-construction upgraded the forthcoming exchange with new ramps from westbound and to the toll road eastbound. Photo taken 10/20/18.
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A $17 million project underway from late 2016 to July 2018 added a lane in each direction of SR 408 from Hiawassee Road to Good Homes Road. This included expanding the express toll lanes at the Hiawassee Main Plaza to six overall lanes and erecting sound walls.1 Photos taken 10/20/18.
Good Homes Road travels north from parallel Old Winter Garden Road to Florida 438 (Silver Star Road). The arterial was expanded to four overall lanes from Exit 2 north to West Colonial Drive during a widening project along SR 50 finished by Spring 2011. Photo taken 10/20/18.
The two-mile, $23.57 million widening of Florida 408 west from Hiawassee Road to Good Homes Road started on November 7, 2016. The project added a second lane westbound for Good Homes Road.2 Photo taken 10/20/18.
Florida 408 crosses Lake Sherwood between the Hiawassee Main Plaza and Good Homes Road. This section of the East-West Expressway was previously expanded to six lanes by 2006. Photo taken 10/20/18.
Exit 2 leaves Florida 408 westbound. Good Homes Road serves eastern reaches of Ocoee via connections with Old Winter Garden Road, White Road and Florida 438 (Silver Star Road). Photo taken 10/20/18.
The last two exits along Florida 408 join the East-West Expressway with Florida 50 (Colonial Drive) directly via Clarke Road and Florida's Turnpike at the western terminus. Photo taken 09/20/17.
A wye interchange connects Florida 408 with its spur to Florida 50 (Colonial Drive) at Exit 1. Clarke Road stems north from the spur to West Oaks Mall and Ocoee. Florida 50 continues west through south Ocoee to Winter Garden. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Florida's Turnpike travels two miles west from the merge with Florida 408 to a systems interchange with the Daniel Webster Western Beltway. Florida 429 wraps around the Orlando metropolitan area north to Apopka and Lake County and south to Walt Disney World and I-4 in Osceola County. Photo taken 09/20/17.
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The final confirming marker for Florida 408 stands west of the Good Homes Road on-ramp. Photo taken 03/31/18. Second photo taken 01/18/10.
Westbound at the split with the SR 408 spur north to SR 50 (West Colonial Drive) and Clarke Road. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Taking the SR 408 spur northwest to SR 50 (West Colonial Drive) and Clarke Road. The limited access connector crosses over Citrus Oaks Avenue by the Citrus Oaks subdivision. Photo taken 03/31/18.
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SR 50 comprises a commercialized arterial through south Ocoee and Winter Garden. Photos taken 03/31/18.
Florida 408 narrows to four overall lanes between the Old Winter Garden Road (CR 526) overpass and Florida's Turnpike. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) maintains the half mile of SR 408 and the semi directional T interchange with the Turnpike mainline. Photo taken 09/20/17.
From 1990 to 2006, SR 408 west defaulted onto Florida's Turnpike northbound at a wye interchange. The Turnpike (SR 91) swells to 12 overall lanes from the East-West Expressway to the Western Beltway (SR 429). Photo taken 09/20/17.
The flyover to Florida's Turnpike south to southwest Orlando and Kissimmee was completed in August 2006. With the ramp built, the proposed interchange between the Turnpike and Hiawassee Road was dropped. Photo taken 09/20/17.


 

Sources:

  1. SR 408 Widening Community Open House Schedule. Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX), press release. March 28, 2016.
  2. "SR 408 widening project begins soon in Orange County." WFTV (Orlando, FL), November 2, 2016.


Photo Credits:

12/13/07, 02/08/08, 01/18/10, 09/20/17, 03/31/18, 10/20/18 by AARoads

Connect with:
Florida's Turnpike
U.S. 17
U.S. 92
U.S. 441
Florida 50
Florida 423 - John Young Parkway / Lee Road

Page Updated 10-23-2018.