SR 453 is a three mile toll road spurring northwest from the Wekiva Parkway (SR 429) in northwestern Orange County to SR 46 west in Lake County. Operated by the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX), SR 453 opened to traffic in conjunction with Sections 2A/2B/2C of the Wekiva Parkway on March 31, 2018. The limited access connector provides access from SR 429 to SR 46 west to Mount Dora and Sorrento Avenue (former SR 46) east to the unincorporated community of Sorrento. There are no mainline exits from the expressway and tolls are collected electronically though EPass, Sunpass and E-ZPass transponders.


Florida 453 north
The two-lane flyover connecting SR 429 (Wekiva Parkway) north with SR 453 (Mt. Dora Connector) north tops out at 60 feet. Photo taken 03/31/18.
North confirming marker for SR 453 posted just ahead of the Lake County line. Photo taken 03/31/18.
SR 453 spans a local access road at the Lake County line. Photo taken 03/31/18.
The Mt. Dora Connector winds northwest through timberland to conclude 1.75 miles beyond the Orange County line. Photo taken 03/31/18.
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The Coronado AET gantry follows, as SR 453 advances north. Tolling options include EPass and toll by plate on both the Mt. Dora Connector and Wekiva Parkway. Photos taken 03/31/18.
A partial trumpet interchange joins the north end of the Mt. Dora Connector with SR 46 west and Sorrento Avenue east in one mile. Photo taken 03/31/18.
A second SR 453 expressway ends sign stands at the Coronado Somerset Drive underpass. Photo taken 03/31/18.
SR 453 curves northward across both a CSX Railroad line and parallel SR 46 / Sorrento Avenue one half mile from the at-grade end. Photo taken 03/31/18.
SR 46 leads west from SR 453 to end at U.S. 441 in the city of Mt. Dora. Sorrento Avenue continues the road east through Sorrento and Mount Plymouth. SR 46 will eventually be relinquished from state control between SR 453 and the Wekiva Parkway. Photo taken 03/31/18.
Traffic to SR 46 west partitions with a signalized turn for the left lane of the state road west to Round Lake Road south, and the right side of SR 46 west to Mount Dora. Wekiva Parkway Sections 3A & 3B expands SR 46 westward from a two-lane rural highway into a six-lane arterial. Costing $32.8 million, the 1.4 mile project started on October 30, 2017 and runs through spring 2020.1 Photo taken 03/31/18.
Florida 453 south
A single lane loop ramp connects Sorrento Avenue (SR 46) westbound with SR 453 (Mt. Dora Connector) south. Photo taken 03/31/18.
Traffic from SR 46 west merges onto SR 453, expanding the toll road to three southbound lanes ahead of this confirming marker. Photo taken 03/31/18.
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Continuing south from the Coronado Somerset Drive underpass, SR 453 traverses an area of timberland to the Coronado toll collection point. Photos taken 03/31/18.
The first in a series of arrow per lane (APL) signs appears one mile ahead of the three-wye interchange with SR 429 (Wekiva Parkway). Photo taken 03/31/18.
Crossing into Orange County, SR 453 south spans a local access road south of Copperhead Road. Photo taken 03/31/18.
Wekiva Parkway wraps around the city of Apopka from the Lake County line south to U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) and the John Land Apopka Expressway (SR 414). Photo taken 03/31/18.
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Curving southward through a wooded area, SR 453 south approaches the separation into two-lane high speed ramps for both SR 429 (Wekiva Parkway) north and south. Photos taken 03/31/18.
SR 429 (Wekiva Parkway) turns east from the Mt. Dora Connector to SR 46 =. SR 46 extends east from the temporary end at Mt. Plymouth to Sanford and I-4 to Daytona Beach. Wekiva Parkway travels south to the Western Beltway for Orlando and I-4 west to Tampa. Photo taken 03/31/18.
SR 429 south parallels CR 437 (Plymouth Sorrento Road) to U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) in Apopka. Kelly Park Road connects the toll road with CR 437 at the ensuing exit. Photo taken 03/31/18.
The exchange joining SR 453 and SR 429 passes over Ondich Road and CR 437 (Plymouth Sorrento Road). Photo taken 03/31/18.

Sources:

  1. Sections 3A& 3B Fact Sheet (Lake County). Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Wekiva Parkway project web site.


Photo Credits:

03/31/18 by AARoads

Connect with:
Florida 46
Florida 429 - Western Beltway / Apopka Expwy / Wekiva Pkwy

Page Updated 04-02-2018.