Poinciana Parkway is a 9.7-mile toll connector tying U.S. 17 & 92 with Poinciana in western Osceola County. Operated by the Osceola County Expressway Authority (OCX), 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 while the second phase, completing it to Cypress Parkway, opened to traffic November 18, 2016.1 The $135 million2 parkway extends southeast from Kinney Harmon Road over the Reedy Creek Mitigation Bank, to half-diamond interchanges with Marigold Avenue and KOA Street. Two toll gantries operate along the parkway, one north of Marigold Avenue, and one 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 Florida 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay). A direct connection to Interstate 4 is currently under study as well as studies for its connection to the Southport Connector.

Though currently signed once, Poinciana Parkway will eventually carry State Road 538 along its entire length.


Poinciana Parkway north
The Poinciana Parkway (Florida 538) begins its 9.7-mile course northward to U.S. 17 & 92 and Loughman. The toll road provides access from west Poinciana to Interstate 4 and Champions Gate. Photo taken 09/20/17.
This confirming marker for the Poinciana Parkway (Florida 538) stands on the shoulder north of the Marigold Avenue half diamond interchange. Photo taken 04/30/16.
An unattended toll gantry stands along the stretch of the parkway between Marigold Avenue and U.S. 17 & 92 in Loughman. As indicated, various methods other than cash are used to collect toll fees. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Motorists pass through the open road toll (ORT) gantry at the posted speed limit (55 mph) along the Poinciana Parkway. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Loughman is the lone control destination on this mileage sign beyond the toll gantry. An empty space exists for a potential future extension to Interstate 4. Photo taken 05/31/16.
The Poinciana Parkway curves northwest as it nears the Reedy Creek mitigation bank. Enough right-of-way exists along SR 538 for a future expansion of the Super-2 facility. Photo taken 05/31/16.
A 1.25-mile long low rise span carries traffic over the Reedy Creek mitigation bank en route to U.S. 17 & 92. Photo taken 05/31/16.
The maximum speed limit reduces along the Poinciana Parkway on the approach to the Polk County line. Photo taken 05/31/16.
The tolled limited-access portion of the Poinciana Parkway (State Road 538) ends at the Polk County line near Sereno Drive. Kinney Harmon Road continues ahead connecting drivers to both U.S. 17 & 92 and Ronald Reagan Parkway. Long range plans call for a possible extension of the Poinciana Parkway to Interstate 4 in the vicinity of Florida 429 (Daniel Webster Western Beltway). Photo taken 05/31/16.
Kinney Harmon Road north
Kinney Harmon Road widens on the final approach to U.S. 17 & 92 near Loughman. Prior to the completion of the Poinciana Parkway, Kinney Harmon Road followed a narrower alignment adjacent to its current one. Photo taken 05/31/16.
U.S. 17 & 92 is a major north-south corridor locally connecting central Polk County with the greater Orlando metro area. The two U.S. highways run tandem 99 miles from near Lake Alfred in the heart of Polk County to De Land in Volusia County. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Kinney Harmon Road reaches the signalized intersection with U.S. 17 & 92 on the east side of Loughman. Both Davenport (6 miles) and Haines City (9.3 miles) lie to the southwest while Intercession City and Kissimmee are to the north and east. Ronald Reagan Boulevard continues from this point westward to reach Champions Gate and U.S. 27 in the Four Corners area. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Kinney Harmon Road south
Florida 538 begins east of the U.S. 17 & 92 intersection with Ronald Reagan Boulevard along Kinney Harmon Road. Kinney Harmon Road was improved as part of the overall Poinciana Parkway project and remains as a toll-free portion to Sereno Drive. Provisions are also in place for any eventual widening. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Sereno Drive provides a final access point before the tolled portion of the Poinciana Parkway begins. Tolls are levied by transponders or toll by plate method. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Poinciana Parkway south
Kinney Harmon Road transitions into the Poinciana Parkway just east of Sereno Drive at the Osceola county line. The parkway maintains a 55 mph speed limit throughout its course to Poinciana. Photo taken 05/15/16.
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State Road 538 (Poinciana Parkway) travels a 1.25-mile viaduct across a portion of the Reedy Creek mitigation bank. Reedy Creek runs further to the east on its path toward Lake Russell southeast of Poinciana. Photos taken 05/15/16.
The Poinciana Parkway curves south as it leaves the Reedy Creek mitigation bank. Right-of-Way has already been purchased for an added roadway along the limited-access road. Photo taken 05/15/16.
This advance sign alerts motorists of the forthcoming open road toll (ORT) gantry north of Marigold Avenue. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Schedule fee guide sign for current toll prices along this section of SR 538 (Poinciana Parkway). Photo taken 05/15/16.
As with other ORT gantries, drivers are encouraged not to stop during toll collection. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Beyond the toll gantry State Road 538 (Poinciana Parkway) prepares to meet Marigold Avenue in 0.5 miles. Speed limits also reduce in advance of the interchange. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Traffic defaults onto the departure ramp for Marigold Avenue as the half diamond interchange serves as the temporary end of the Poinciana Parkway. The second phase of the 9.7-mile road will open sometime Fall 2016. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Marigold Avenue leads southeast from State Road 538 (Poinciana Parkway) into Poinciana, serving as a main north-south corridor for the unincorporated development. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Poinciana Parkway scenes
Marigold Avenue provides one of three access points between the Poinciana Parkway and the Poinciana area. Primarily a two lane arterial, Marigold Avenue stretches the length of Poinciana, reconnecting with an unrelated portion of Poinciana Parkway in Polk County. Photo taken 04/30/16.
When the Poinciana Parkway (SR 538) was built to connect Poinciana with Loughman and U.S. 17 & 92, Marigold Avenue was extended west from Eastbourne Road a short distance to meet the parkway at a half diamond interchange. 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).


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.

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

Page Updated 09-21-2017.