Encircling the greater Orlando metropolitan area to its south and east, Florida 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay / Seminole Expressway) serves both as a bypass and limited-access commuting route through Osceola, Orange and Seminole counties. The Central Florida GreeneWay portion of the 55-mile toll facility provides access to the southern and eastern suburbs of Orlando, including Lake Nona and Union Park, as well as serving as a southern connection with Orlando International Airport (MCO). The Seminole Expressway section of Florida 417 serves areas of Oviedo, Winter Springs, Lake Jesup, Sanford and Lake Mary.

Constructed in phases between December 1988 and September 2002,1 the Central Florida GreeneWay and Seminole Expressway are operated jointly between the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE). Florida 417, in conjunction with Florida 429 (and the Wekiva Parkway when completed), form the greater Orlando beltway system.

Florida 417 Highway Guides

Shield assemblies for SR 417 in Orange County were occasionally posted above distinct Central Florida GreeneWay signs. Most of these have been removed in the ensuing decades since the toll road first opened in 1988. This assembly above Lake Underhill Road lasted until 2018. Photo taken 09/07/16.

An advocate for a 117-mile system of bypasses for Orlando, James Greene was a long time chairman of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA), predecessor to the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX). The initial segment of the Northeastern Beltway opened to traffic on December 16, 1988. Costing $105 million, the six-mile section extended northeast from the East-West Expressway to SR 426 just across the Seminole County line. The beltway was named after Greene in May 1989, eight months after he passed away.2,3


Florida 417 scenes
Prior to the removal of unsigned SR 4080, SR 417 split with a left-hand ramp for the connector to SR 408 west. Construction eventually shifted the SR 417 southbound roadway east to run directly along side the northbound roadway. Photo taken 11/06/06.
Motorists along SR 50 (Colonial Drive) west prepare to leave for SR 417 south. SR 417 south provides access to SR 408 (East-West Expressway) nearby and Orlando International Airport (MCO) via SR 528 (Exit 26). The first six mile section of SR 417 opened to traffic north from Colonial Drive to SR 426 (Aloma Avenue) in December 1988. Photo taken 06/29/13.
University Boulevard intersects Dean Road just ahead of the six-ramp parclo interchange with the Central Florida GreeneWay. Photo taken 02/17/08.
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University Boulevard westbound at the entrance ramp for SR 417 north to Winter Springs, Oviedo and Sanford. Photos taken 02/17/08.
Lake Mary Boulevard proceeds west from CR 427 (Ronald Reagan Parkway) to ramps with SR 417 (Seminole Expressway) at south Sanford. Photo taken 08/25/18.
Service roads connect the respective entrance and exit ramps linking SR 417 with Lake Mary Boulevard and adjacent CR 427 (Ronald Reagan Boulevard). Photo taken 08/25/18.
SR 417 takes a winding course six miles northwest through Sanford from the Lake Mary Boulevard on-ramp to Interstate 4. Photo taken 08/25/18.
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Rinehart Road north at Florida 417 (Seminole Expressway) in Sanford. Signs here were replaced in 2015. Photos taken 07/31/14.
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International Parkway stems south from SR 46 and parallels Interstate 4 into Heathrow. An on-ramp links the four-lane parkway with SR 417 (Seminole Expressway) southbound into Sanford. Photos taken 07/31/14.

Sources:

  1. SR 417 History - Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. https://www.oocea.com/TravelersExpressways/Expressways/CurrentExpressways/417EasternBeltway/History.aspx.
  2. Shofner, Dr. Jerrell H. History of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, 2001. Print.
  3. "Beltway Leg Named for Man Who Paved the Way." The Orlando Sentinel (FL), May 11, 1989.


Photo Credits:

11/06/06, 02/17/08, 06/29/13, 07/31/14, 08/25/18 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 4
Florida's Turnpike
U.S. 17
U.S. 92
U.S. 441
Florida 50
Spessard Lindsay Holland East-West Expressway
Florida 429 - Western Beltway / Apopka Expwy / Wekiva Pkwy
Florida 528 - Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway

Page Updated 10-26-2018.