SR 551 follows Goldenrod Road northward from SR 15 (Narcoosee Road) to Palmetto Avenue at Goldenrod. Palmetto Avenue extends the state road a short distance north to its end at SR 426 (Aloma Avenue). The Goldenrod Road Extension continues the arterial southward to SR 528 (Beachline Expressway) at Heintzelman Boulevard. Funded by the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX), construction on the toll road began in 2001. The $38 million roadway opened to traffic on March 12, 2003. CFX tolls will recoup costs for the Goldenroad Road Extension, with the arterial eventually turned over to the city of Orlando.1

Goldenrod Road was originally numbered as SR 15A.

FDOT Project 437634-1-52-01 will make safety improvements along SR 551 (Goldenrod Road) between SR 408 (East-West Expressway) and SR 50 (East Colonial Drive). These include resurfacing, constructing a raised median, traffic signal and turn lane improvements, and roadway widening to accommodate bike lanes. Construction on the 1.797-mile project is estimated to cost $7.7 million and anticipated for letting on April 28, 2021.


Goldenrod Road north
Goldenrod Road extends north from Heintzelman Boulevard and enters a parclo interchange with the Beachline Expressway (SR 528). Departing first is the eastbound on-ramp for Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Traffic for the Beachline Expressway separates from Goldenrod Road northbound along a distributor roadway. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Advancing north, motorists partition for SR 528 east to Cocoa, Titusville and the Space Coast and SR 528 west to Interstate 4 and the Orlando resort area. Photo taken 02/02/08.
A loop ramp takes drivers onto Florida 528 westbound ahead of the exchange with Florida 436 (Semoran Boulevard) and Jeff Fuqua Boulevard south into MCO Airport. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Goldenroad Road approaches the main line toll plaza with three northbound lanes. Photo taken 09/20/17.
The six-booth plaza includes options for electronic toll collection and a coin drop. Photo taken 09/20/17.
A lane drop occurs along Goldenroad Road north from the toll plaza to Hazeltine National Drive. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Lee Vista Boulevard, like parallel Hazeltine National Drive to the south, was constructed to service development between SR 15 (Narcoossee Road) and SR 436 (Semoran Boulevard). Photo taken 09/20/17.
North from Lee Vista Boulevard, the Goldenrod Road Extension runs between the Carter Glen condominium community and Goldenrod Marketplace retail center to SR 15. SR 15 follows Narcoosee Road southeast to end at SR 528 and CR 15. Photo taken 09/20/17.
SR 15 north follows Hoffner Avenue west from Goldenrod Road to Conway Road at the city of Belle Isle. The state route navigates northward from there to Conway and the Bryn Mawr community in east Orlando. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Florida 551 north
SR 551 overtakes Goldenrod Road from Old Goldenrod Road ahead of this confirming marker. Photo taken 07/24/08.
Charlin Parkway connects Florida 551 with subdivisions in Charlin Park both west and east of Goldenrod Road. Photo taken 07/24/08.
A short distance beyond Charlin Parkway on SR 551 north is the traffic light with Sun Vista Way east to the East Orlando community. Photo taken 07/24/08.
Pershing Avenue heads west from Florida 551 through the Golden Acres area to Barber Park in the city of Orlando. Photo taken 07/24/08.
Florida 551 (Goldenrod Road) curves northwest to meet the east end of Florida 552 (Curry Ford Road). Photo taken 07/24/08.
SR 552 overlays 2.64 miles of Curry Ford Road, between SR 551 and SR 15 (Conway Road) at the Dover Shores community in Orlando. Curry Ford Road continues both west and east of the state maintained portion. Photo taken 07/24/08.
Goldenrod Road arcs back to the east from SR 552 (Curry Ford Road) by the Azalea Park community. Photo taken 07/24/08.
Resuming a northward heading, SR 551 (Goldenrod Road) advances to Lake Underhill Road and the parallel East-West Expressway. Photo taken 07/24/08.
Florida 551 (Goldenrod Road) enters a diamond interchange with the tolled East-West Expressway just north of Lake Underhill Road. Photo taken 09/07/16.
SR 408 (East-West Expressway) trends northward from SR 551 east to Union Park and University Park, where it connects with SR 50 (Colonial Drive) east toward Titusville. Photo taken 09/07/16.
West from Goldenrod Road, Florida 408 travels to Azalea Park and Lake Underhill in Orlando. The 22-mile toll road crosses the width of the City Beautiful to Ocoee. Photo taken 09/07/16.
Valencia College Lane stems east from Florida 551 (Goldenrod Road) to Econlockhatchee Trail at the Valencia College East Campus. Photo taken 09/07/16.
Northbound Florida 551 crosses paths with Florida 50 (East Colonial Drive) at a commercialized intersection west of Union Park. Photo taken 09/07/16.
Florida 50 follows Colonial Drive throughout Orange County. The heavily traveled arterial heads west to Colonialtown in Orlando and east through unincorporated University Park, Bithlo and Christmas. Photo taken 09/07/16.
Liverpool Boulevard intersects Florida 551 (Goldenrod Road) west from the Ivanhoe Estates subdivision at the ensuing northbound signal. Photo taken 09/07/16.
Bates Roads follows and leads east from SR 551 northbound to Chickasaw Trail and the Sun Haven community. Photo taken 09/07/16.
University Boulevard constitutes a major arterial route west to Full Sail University and Aloma and east to SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay) and the University of Central Florida (UCF). Photo taken 09/07/16.
This reassurance marker for SR 551 stands between University Boulevard and Waunaqua Drive west of Lake Waunatta. Photo taken 09/07/16.
Florida 551 splits with Goldenrod Road for Palmetto Avenue on its final approach to Florida 426 (Aloma Road). Photo taken 09/07/16.
Florida 426 (Aloma Avenue) arcs northeast from Goldenrod to the city of Oviedo in Seminole County. The state road continues west from Florida 551 to Aloma and Winter Park. Photo taken 09/07/16.
Palmetto Avenue extends a short distance north from the ending Florida 551 as a residential street to Citrus Avenue and Seminole County. Photo taken 09/07/16.
Florida 551 south
SR 551 (Palmetto Avenue) begins and heads south from SR 426 (Aloma Avenue) at Goldenrod. A mileage sign here alludes to the former designation of SR 15A, referencing both Narcoosee and St. Cloud, destinations along CR 15 beyond the end of SR 551. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Florida 551 (Goldenrod Road) travels south from Florida 552's eastern terminus (Curry Ford Road) through suburban areas of unincorporated Orange County. Photo taken 02/02/08.
A commercialized intersection joins Goldenrod Road with Pershing Avenue. Pershing Avenue is a four-lane divided arterial leading west to Florida 436 (Semoran Boulevard) near Lake George. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Charlin Parkway crosses paths with a signalized intersection at Florida 551 (Goldenrod Road) near Three Points elementary school. The east-west street primarily serves adjoining subdivisions. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Old Goldenrod Road (Florida 551) branches south from Goldenrod Road Extension with four lanes to Florida 15 (Narcoossee Road). Photo taken 07/24/08.
Goldenroad Road south
Prior to 2003, Goldenrod Road ended at SR 15 (Narcoossee Road). Opening at that time was the Goldenrod Extension, a new arterial route connecting SR 15 with the Beachline Expressway (SR 528) at Heintzelman Boulevard. Retaining the SR 15 designation, the former alignment was renamed Old Goldenrod Road. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Florida 15 arcs southeast from Hoffner Avenue onto Narcoosee Road across Goldenrod Road. The state road ends at the Beachline Expressway, with CR 15 continues along Narcoossee Road to the Lake Nona area in southeast Orlando. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Continuing south from SR 15 (Hoffner Avenue), Goldenrod Road expands with a grassy median to Lee Vista Boulevard. Lee Vista Boulevard is a mid-2000s built arterial built to serve new commercial and business parks east to SR 15 (Narcoosee Road) and west to SR 436 (Semoran Boulevard). Photo taken 02/02/08.
Grassy areas and tree stands precede development along Goldenrod Road south. Meeting the parkway next is Hazeltine National Drive, an east-west arterial opened in 2014. Photo taken 02/02/08.
The mainline toll plaza for the Goldenrod Road Extension lies just south of Hazeltine National Drive. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Approaching the Goldenrod Road toll plaza, tolls are collected from motorists bound for both Florida 528 (Beachline Expressway) and Heintzelman Boulevard south around Orlando International Airport (MCO). Photo taken 02/02/08.
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The Goldenroad Road toll plaza is six lanes wide, with both cash and electronic toll collection for EPass, Sunpass and E-ZPass account holders. Photos taken 02/02/08.
Goldenrod Road enters a parclo interchange with SR 528 (Beachline Expressway) to the immediate south of the toll collection point. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Florida 528 heads west to Florida 436 (Semoran Boulevard) and Jeff Fuqua Boulevard south to the Orlando International Airport (MCO) passenger terminal. The Beachline Expressway joins the airport area with Belle Isle, the Orange County Convention Center and I-4. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Spanning the Beachline Expressway, drivers on Goldenrod Road south next meet the westbound on-ramp for SR 528 to Titusville, Cocoa and the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Florida 528 eastbound remains in the Orlando area to SR 15 & CR 15 (Narcoosee Road), SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay) and Innovation Way. The toll road reaches Interstate 95 on the Space Coast in 30 miles. Photo taken 02/02/08.
Goldenrod Road transitions to Heintzelman Boulevard just south of the Beachline Expressway at Cargo Road. Heintzelman Boulevard circles around the east side of MCO Airport to Jeff Fuqua Boulevard. Photo taken 02/02/08.

Sources:

  1. "Expressway Navigator." Summer 2003 Edition.


Photo Credits:

02/02/08, 07/24/08, 09/07/16, 09/20/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
Florida 15 / County Road 15
Spessard Lindsay Holland East-West Expressway
Florida 426
Florida 528 - Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway
Florida 552 - Curry Ford Road

Page Updated 10-23-2018.