State Road 538 - Poinciana Parkway

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Poinciana Parkway is a 7.2-mile toll road linking Ronald Reagan Parkway east of U.S. 17/92 in Polk County with Poinciana in western Osceola County. Operated by the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX), Poinciana Parkway was built primarily as a limited-access two lane corridor. The initial segment of Poinciana Parkway opened April 30, 2016 between U.S. 17/92 in Loughman and Marigold Avenue in Poinciana. The second phase, completing it to Cypress Parkway, opened to traffic November 18, 2016.1 Costing $135 million to build,2 the parkway extends southeast from Ronald Reagan Parkway over the Reedy Creek Mitigation Bank, to half diamond interchanges with Marigold Avenue and KOA Street. Toll gantries operate along the parkway north of Marigold Avenue and north of KOA Street.

Long range plans call for Poinciana Parkway to be part of a large limited-access system around the greater Kissimmee/St. Cloud area, which includes the Southport Connector and a southern extension of SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay). Designs for a three-mile extension of SR 538 to Polk County Road 532 commenced Spring 2020. Poinciana Parkway will shift onto a new alignment from its end at Ronald Reagan Parkway to CR 532 at the northeast corner of Polk County. Improvements also include an interchange with U.S. 17/92 and widening of County Road 532 between Old Lake Wilson Road and U.S. 17/92.3,4

SR 538 extension
Map showing the future extension of SR 538 (Poinciana Parkway) northwest from its current end to Polk County Road 532.

Poinciana Parkway was previously under the jurisdiction of the Osceola County Expressway Authority (OCX). CFX assumed control and maintenance for Poinciana Parkway on December 31, 2018. With that change, OCX signs for Poinciana Parkway were swapped out with State Road 538 markers by January 8, 2020.

Ronald Reagan Parkway - East
Ronald Reagan Parkway replaced Kinney Harmon Road east as a toll free arterial to Sereno Drive and Poinciana Parkway (SR 538). Provisions are in place for eventual widening. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Representing the last access point before Poinciana Parkway (SR 538), Sereno Drive intersects Ronald Reagan Parkway just west of the Osceola County line at the Sereno subdivision. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Poinciana Parkway East
SR 538 shields replaced all previous Osceola County Expressway Authority (OCX) installed signs by January 2020. Photo taken 05/22/20.
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Ronald Reagan Parkway transitions into SR 538 (Poinciana Parkway) at the Osceola county line. Speed limits are posted at 55 MPH along the toll road to Poinciana. Photo taken 05/22/20. Second photo taken 09/20/17.
The center of unincorporated Poinciana lies nine miles to the southeast of the county line along CR 580 (Cypress Parkway). CR 580 leads 10.01 miles west from Marigold Avenue in Poinciana to U.S. 17/92 in Haines City. Photo taken 09/20/17.
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State Road 538 (Poinciana Parkway) elevates along a 6,200 foot long viaduct across a portion of the Reedy Creek mitigation bank. Reedy Creek runs further to the east on its course toward Lake Russell southeast of Poinciana. Photos taken 05/15/16.
Poinciana Parkway curves south from the Reedy Creek mitigation bank. Right-of-Way is in place for a second roadway. Photo taken 05/15/16.
The first of two exits along SR 538 (Poinciana Parkway) south is with Marigold Avenue east. Photo taken 09/20/17.
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The Marigold Toll Gantry is the first of two all electronic toll (AET) collection points along SR 538 south. Photo taken 09/20/17. Second photo taken 05/15/16. Third photo taken 05/15/16.
The half diamond interchange with Marigold Avenue lies a half mile south of the toll collection point. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Marigold Avenue weaves through residential areas of Poinciana 13.7 miles southward from SR 538 to CR 542 (Lake Hatchineha Road). Photo taken 09/20/17.
Poinciana Parkway ended at Marigold Avenue until November 18, 2016. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Grading was completed for two additional ramps at the exchange with Marigold Avenue. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Several subdivisions within Poinciana abut the east side of SR 538 (Poinciana Parkway) ahead of the exit for Koa Street. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Koa Street stems east from Poinciana Parkway through residential areas 3.3 miles to San Remo Road by Reedy Creek. Photo taken 09/20/17.
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The KOA Toll Gantry represents the second toll collection point along SR 538 southbound. Photos taken 09/20/17.
A half diamond interchange joins Poinciana Parkway with Koa Street east. Provisions were made to complete the exchange with ramps to the south. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Poinciana Parkway concludes at Cypress Parkway (County Road 580) three quarters of a mile south of the Koa Street underpass. Photo taken 09/20/17.
The eastern branch of County Road 580 straddles the Osceola County line east to Marigold Avenue. Heading southwest across wetland areas and Snell Creek, CR 580 shifts onto Marion Creek Road to Haines City. Photo taken 09/20/17.
CR 580 (Cypress Parkway) provides one of two routes to Poinciana from the west. Cypress Parkway east becomes Pleasant Hill Road north to Kissimmee. Photo taken 09/20/17.
The signalized end of Poinciana Parkway is located across from the Solvita development. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Poinciana Parkway West
Poinciana Parkway (SR 538) commences its 7.2-mile course north to U.S. 17/92 and Loughman from CR 580 (Cypress Parkway). The toll road provides access from west Poinciana to Interstate 4 and Champions Gate. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Confirming marker for Poinciana Parkway (SR 538) north of the half diamond interchange with Marigold Avenue. Photo taken 05/31/16.
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The Marigold Toll Gantry is the second all electronic toll (AET) collection point along SR 538 (Poinciana Parkway) northbound. Photos taken 05/31/16.
Loughman is the lone control point on this mileage sign beyond the toll gantry. An empty space alludes to the potential extension to Interstate 4. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Poinciana Parkway curves northwest toward the Reedy Creek mitigation bank. Enough right-of-way exists along SR 538 for future expansion into a four lane expressway. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Poinciana Parkway spans the Reedy Creek mitigation bank across a 6,200 foot long viaduct. Photo taken 05/31/16.
The maximum speed limit reduces along Poinciana Parkway on the approach to the Polk County line. Photo taken 05/31/16.
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Crossing into Polk County, SR 538 ends and Poinciana Parkway transitions onto Ronald Reagan Parkway. Photos taken 05/22/20.
Ronald Reagan Parkway - West
Sereno subdivision initially lines both sides of Ronald Regan Parkway on the beginning segment west to U.S. 17/92. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Ronald Reagan Parkway widens just ahead of U.S. 17/92 near Loughman. Vistamar Villages and Loughman Crossing shopping center were both constructed at the previously rural intersection. Photo taken 05/22/20.
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U.S. 17/92 connects central Polk County with the greater Orlando metro area, and in addition to I-4, serves as a major commuter route. The two highways combine for 99 miles from near Lake Alfred to De Land in Volusia County. Photos taken 05/22/20.
U.S. 17/92 travel southwest six miles to Davenport and 9.3 miles to Haines City. Intercession City and Kissimmee are located to the north and east in adjacent Osceola County. Ronald Reagan Boulevard continues westward to Champions Gate and U.S. 27 at Four Corners. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Poinciana Parkway Scenes
Marigold Avenue provides one of three access points between Poinciana Parkway and the Poinciana area. Primarily a two lane arterial, Marigold Avenue stretches through the length of Poinciana, connecting with an unrelated section of Poinciana Parkway in Polk County. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Marigold Avenue was extended west from Eastbourne Road to the half diamond interchange with Poinciana Parkway (SR 538). Photo taken 04/30/16.

Sources:
  1. "2nd Leg of Poinciana Parkway Opens Today", The Ledger, November 18, 2016.
  2. Poinciana Parkway FAQs sheet. Poinciana Parkway Project (www.osceolaxway.com).
  3. PD&E Study - Poinciana Parkway Extension - CFX official web page
  4. SR 538 Project - CFX official web page


Photo Credits:

  • 04/30/16 by AARoads.
  • 05/15/16 by AARoads and JP Nasiatka.
  • 05/31/16 by AARoads.
  • 09/20/17 by AARoads.
  • 05/22/20 by AARoads.

Connect with:
U.S. 17
U.S. 92

Page Updated 05-24-2020.