State Road 429 - Western Beltway / Apopka Expwy / Wekiva Pkwy

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Operated by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise and the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX), State Road 429 wraps around western reaches of the Orlando metropolitan area between Interstate 4 in northwest Osceola County and SR 46 near Sanford. The toll road partitions into three distinct sections: Daniel Webster Western Beltway from I-4 north to SR 414 at Apopka, John Land Apopka Expressway with SR 414 northwest to U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail), and Wekiva Parkway extending north from U.S. 441 to Mount Plymouth in southeast Lake County and east toward Sanford in Seminole County. Including SR 417 (Central Florida Greeneway / Seminole Expressway), SR 429 will eventually form a complete beltway, with Wekiva Parkway extending the toll road east to I-4 at SR 417 at Sanford.

Florida State Road 429 Guides

The 25 mile long Wekiva Parkway currently extends 19 miles north from Orange Blossom Trail in Apopka to SR 46 west of Sanford. Construction on Sections 2B and 2A wrapped up with a ribbon cutting ceremony and 5K run on the morning of March 31, 2018. Completing the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) section of the beltway, the five mile segment links Kelly Park Road with the Mt. Dora Connector (SR 453) and Sections 1A and 1B with Section 4A at County Road 435 (Mt. Plymouth Road). Section 4A, operated by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) and opened to traffic on January 20, 2016, provides a 2.8 mile long bypass of Mt. Plymouth between CR 435 and State Road 46.

Succeeding sections of the Wekiva Parkway east are developed by the FTE. Construction for Section 6 of the Wekiva Parkway started on October 18, 2017. Paralleling or replacing SR 46, the six mile segment from near Mt. Plymouth east to Exit 50 near Sanford in Seminole County opened to traffic on May 16, 2022.2 Section 7A, underway from April 1, 2018 to Fall 2022, upgraded 3.53 miles of the State Road 46 corridor into a limited access road, with SR 46 shifting onto the adjacent frontage roads. SR 429 northbound between Exit 50 and 52 opened on August 1, 2022, followed by southbound on August 15, 2022.

Starting on October 26, 2018, construction through Spring 2023 on Section 8 turns the parkway 2.63 miles southeast to Interstate 4 and SR 417 (Seminole Expressway) at Sanford. Commencing in Summer 2019 and finished in Summer 2022, Section 7B widened the remainder of SR 46, 1.87 miles east to I-4. The connection from Interstate 4 west to SR 429 southbound opened on October 21, 2022.

Daniel Webster Western Beltway

The initial stretch of Daniel Webster Western Beltway opened between SR 50 (Colonial Drive) at Ocoee and U.S. 441 at Apopka in July 2000. A 4.5 mile stretch extended the toll road south of Colonial Drive and Winter Garden to County Road 535 in December 2002. The Central Florida Expressway (CFX) portion of SR 429 was completed in December 2005, when SR 429 opened 8.5 miles southward to Seidel Road.1

Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) constructed the southernmost 11 miles of the Western Beltway between Seidel Road and Interstate 4 in Osceola County. The toll road opened south to U.S. 192 on the Orange County line in December 2005. The Southwest Connector segment of SR 429 in Osceola County opened to traffic on December 8, 2006.

The SR 429 Corridor Capacity Improvements Project expands 13 miles of SR 429 along the Western Beltway and John Land Apopka Expressway from Tilden Road at Winter Garden to Apopka. Estimated to cost $399 million, the CFX construction commenced on Segment 2, from south of Florida's Turnpike to West Road, in January 2022. Work on Segment 3, from West Road north to SR 414 followed in February 2022. Segment 1, from Tilden Road to the Turnpike, got underway in May 2022. Work widening SR 429 along this stretch to six overall lanes is anticipated for completion by late 2024.

John Land Apopka Expressway

Construction began in Winter 2007 on the John Land Apopka Expressway, a toll road extending SR 414 west from U.S. 441 at Lockhart to the Western Beltway at Apopka. This portion opened on March 15, 2009, with a temporary end at SR 429 and County Road 437A (Ocoee Apopka Road). Associated construction through 2012 realigned the Western Beltway west through a new interchange with SR 429 and the remainder of the John Land Apopka Expressway northwest to Orange Blossom Trail (OBT). This included the removing a portion of the Western Beltway mainline, including the diamond interchange with Ocoee Apopka Road.

SR 414/429 curve northwest four miles from SR 451 and CR 437A to a SPUI with the SR 429 Connector Road linking with OBT and CR 437. Opened on January 19, 2013, this section completed the John Land Apopka Expressway bypass of U.S. 441. The former Webster Beltway spur to OBT was subsequently renumbered as SR 451.

Wekiva Parkway

Construction on the CFX built Sections 1A and 1B, extending SR 429 north along the Wekiva Parkway to Kelly Park Road near the Lake County line, kicked off in 2015. This 4.5 mile long section opened to traffic following a ribbon cutting ceremony held on the morning of July 27, 2017.

Sections 2B and 2A, the five mile eastern turn of SR 429 to CR 435 (Mt. Plymouth Road), includes a systems interchange with the Mt. Dora connector (Secton 2C). Designated as State Road 453, Section 2C is a new expressway spurring northwest to State Road 46. These CFX projects started in 2016 and were completed on March 31, 2018.

SR 429 Connector

SR 429 Connector Road is an arterial linking U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) and CR 437 (Plymouth Sorrento Road) with the single point urban interchange at the north end of the John Land Apopka Expressway (SR 414 / 429) and south end of Wekiva Parkway (SR 429).

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SR 429 Connector Road curves north with three lanes to the eastbound beginning of SR 414 and SR 429 (Apopka Expressway) south. 09/03/17
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SR 429 Connector passes through the SPUI with Wekiva Parkway north and the Apopka Expressway south and ends at CR 437 (Plymouth Sorrento Road). 09/03/17
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SR 429 Connector west carries three lanes from Wekiva Parkway and the Apopka Expressway to U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail). 09/03/17
Florida State Road 429 scenes
Construction of the directional T interchange joining Interstate 4 and SR 429 (Southern Connector) included a flyover passing over Osceola County Road 545 (Old Lake Wilson Road). 07/28/06
Connector Road links Sinclair Road with the northbound entrance ramp to SR 429 at Exit 1. 04/24/19
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Sinclair Road spans SR 429 ahead of the southbound ramp to Interstate 4. 04/24/19
Western Way joins the Walt Disney World complex with SR 429 (Western Beltway) at the parclo interchange ahead. Motorists bound for Florida's Turnpike are directed onto the Western Beltway north while traveling south connects with I-4 to Tampa. 11/23/13
Stoneybrook West Parkway forms a frontage road along the Western Beltway by the Winter Garden Village retail area. The parkway westbound partitions with the southbound on-ramp to SR 429 just beyond CR 535 (Winter Garden Vineland Road). 03/31/18
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Kelly Park Road east at the end of Wekiva Parkway - Section 1B. 02/12/21
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The loop ramp from Kelly Park Road to Wekiva Parkway north and Section 2B opened to traffic on March 31, 2018. SR 429 splits with SR 453 north nearby. 03/31/18, 09/02/19
Kelly Park Road travels a short distance west from CR 437 (Plymouth Sorrento Road) to meet SR 429 (Wekiva Parkway). 09/03/17
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A parclo interchange joins Kelly Park Road with the Wekiva Parkway south to the Western Beltway for Orlando and Tampa. 09/03/17
CR 435 (Mount Plymouth Road) south at what was the temporary end of SR 429 (Wekiva Parkway) in northern Orange County. Representing the first segment of Wekiva Parkway, the three mile section between Mount Plymouth Road and SR 46 opened on January 20, 2016. 02/27/16
The temporary ramp linking CR 435 north near the Lake County line with SR 429 north permanently closed northbound on March 25, 2018. The southbound direction closed on March 31, 2018. 02/27/16

Sources:
  1. SR 429 (Western Beltway) - Overview & History Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) web site.
  2. "Section 6: New Wekiva Parkway Section Achieves Next-Level Mobility, Wildlife Protections." Wekiva Parkway, Project News. May 13, 2022.


Photo Credits:

  • 07/28/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 11/23/13 by AARoads.
  • 02/27/16 by AARoads.
  • 09/03/17 by AARoads.
  • 03/31/18 by AARoads.
  • 04/24/19 by AARoads.
  • 09/02/19 by AARoads.
  • 02/12/21 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 4
U.S. 192
U.S. 441
State Road 46
State Road 50
State Road 414 - Apopka Expressway / Maitland Boulevard
State Road 417 - Central Florida GreeneWay / Seminole Expressway
State Road 453 - Mount Dora Connector
State Road 437 / County Road 437
Orange County Road 535 - Winter Garden-Vineland Road

Page Updated 11-10-2022.

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