State Road 451 spurs 2.5 miles north from SR 414 (John Land Apopka Expressway) near South Apopka, to U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) northwest of Downtown Apopka. There are no mainline exits on the four-lane toll road, but a $2.2 million connector opened in August 2013 between the north end of SR 451 and Vick Road.1

Signs for SR 451 began appearing in November 2012,1 foreshadowing the eventual shift of SR 429 from the Western Beltway westward. The FDOT straight line diagrams attribute 1.868 miles to SR 451, from the SR 414 ramps north to U.S. 441.

Costing $237 million, the Western Beltway was completed north to Apopka in July 2000. Plans at the time called for SR 414 to be a toll free road built by the Florida Department of Transportation. The alignment took SR 414 under SR 429 with no access. Funds for that road never materialized, and the Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA) took over the project in 2004.2

Design changes made by the OOCEA included elevating SR 414 (Apopka Expressway) and constructing a systems interchange with SR 429. A mile section of the Western Beltway was demolished and SR 429 was realigned westward to the new exchange.2

Accommodating construction of the $1.6 billion Wekiva Parkway, the new Apopka Expressway curved 3.7 miles northwest to Orange Blossom Trail (OBT) at Plymouth. The $54 million SR 429 extension opened to traffic on January 18, 2013, at which time the beltway spur north to OBT was officially renumbered as SR 451.3,4


Florida 451 north
Florida 451 confirming marker posted ahead of the Orange County 437A (Ocoee Apopka Road) underpass. Photo taken 07/31/14.
A rural stretch unfolds along SR 451 beyond CR 437A. The freeway ends in one mile. Photo taken 07/31/14.
U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) angles northwest from Downtown Apopka to intersect the north end of Florida 451 opposite Vick Road. The four-lane arterial continues to Plymouth, Zellwood and Tangerine in northwest Orange County. Photo taken 07/31/14.
Speed limits lower to 45 miles per hour beyond the end overhead for Florida 451 at Marshall Lake Road. Photo taken 07/31/14.
The partially built diamond interchange with U.S. 441 was reconfigured in 2013 to accommodate the short extension of Vick Road south from Old Dixie Highway (CR 424). Photo taken 07/31/14.
Milepost 2.5 for SR 451 stands along the bridge over the CSX Railroad. The span was widened to accommodate a southbound roadway from Vick Road. Photo taken 07/31/14.
U.S. 441 (OBT) joins Apopka with Mt. Dora, Eutis and Taveras in Lake County. The Apopka city center lies 1.3 miles to the southeast. Photo taken 07/31/14.
Vick Road extends north from U.S. 441 and parallel Old Dixie Highway (CR 424) to Spring Ridge and Ponkan Road in north Apopka. Photo taken 07/31/14.
Florida 451 south
Vick Road approaches U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) and the southbound beginning of SR 451 just beyond Old Dixie Highway (CR 424). Photo taken 03/31/18.
U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) exits Downtown Apopka to the southeast as it ventures northwest to meet Vick Road and SR 451 ahead of Plymouth. Photo taken 03/31/18.
Ramps from U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) south and Vick Road converge ahead of the Marshall Lake Road underpass. A Florida 451 confirming marker follows. Photo taken 06/29/13.
Johns Road spans Florida 451 by a commerce park as the freeway advances one mile south to the ramp split for Florida 414 east and 429 south. Photo taken 06/29/13.
SR 414 & 429 overlap 3.7 miles southeast from U.S. 441 along the John Land Apopka Expressway. SR 414 continues the toll road east to OBT and Maitland Boulevard at Lockhart. Photo taken 06/29/13.
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Painted shields precede the semi directional T interchange with the Apopka Expressway. Photos taken 06/29/13.
The eastbound flyover joins SR 414 (Apopka Expressway) directly. The state road extends east through Maitland as a controlled access arterial / expressway to U.S. 17 & 92. Photo taken 06/29/13.
The ramp for SR 429 (Western Beltway) south joins a two-lane distributor roadway from SR 414 west. Photo taken 06/29/13.
A flyover elevates across the Western Beltway mainline and Harmon Road, depositing motorists southward just ahead of Exit 29 to CR 437A (Ocoee-Apopka Road). Photo taken 06/29/13.

Sources:

  1. "A quicker connection to S.R. 429 for Apopka." Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - October 11, 2012.
  2. "S.R. 429's days are numbered near Apopka -- section to become S.R. 451." Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - November 24, 2012.
  3. "Happy drivers, worried neighbors - 4-mile extension of S.R. 429 to ease commute, but some fear noise, risks." Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - January 13, 2013.
  4. "New section of State Road 429 opens with steady flow of traffic." Orlando Sentinel, The (FL), January 20, 2013.


Photo Credits:

06/29/13, 07/31/14, 03/31/18 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 441
Florida 414 - Apopka Expressway / Maitland Boulevard
Florida 429 - Western Beltway / Apopka Expwy / Wekiva Pkwy

Page Updated 04-05-2018.