Florida's Turnpike North - Yeehaw Junction to Orlando

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Confirming marker posted along the Turnpike north of Yeehaw Junction. Photo taken 04/15/16.
Mileage sign posted along Florida's Turnpike northbound after Yeehaw Junction. The four-lane toll road continues 49 miles to the succeeding exit at St. Cloud and 54 miles to Kissimmee. Photo taken 04/15/16.
Angling northwest, U.S. 441 crosses over the Turnpike and travels two miles or so to the east as both plie across wetland areas and open ranch land. Photo taken 04/15/16.
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Florida's Turnpike bends northward in the vicinity of Lake Marian and Kenansville. Areas to the southwest along SR 60 were once the proposed location for Destiny, town of 50,000. Photo taken 02/16/08. Second photo taken 04/15/16.
The north and south roadways separate around a wide forested median just north of the Williams Road under crossing. This configuration may is similar to those at the eight service areas along the Turnpike. Photo taken 02/16/08.
Advancing northwest through Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, the toll road shifts westward parallel to CR 523 (Canoe Creek Road). The Canoe Creek Service area lies nine miles ahead. Photo taken 04/15/16.
Crossing over an unnamed ranch road along the Turnpike northbound, east of Coon Hammock. Photo taken 04/15/16.
The Turnpike roadways again separate around a forested median four miles south of the Canoe Creek Service area at mile post 229. Photo taken 04/15/16.
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Canoe Creek Road (Osceola County Road 523) spans Florida's Turnpike one mile south of the Canoe Creek Service area. Like other service plazas on the turnpike mainline, the facilities are located within the freeway median. Photos taken 04/15/16.
Florida's Turnpike northbound at the left side ramp for the Canoe Creek Service plaza. Amenities here include fast food, a gas station and a gift shop. Photo taken 04/15/16.
Advancing north from the Canoe Creek Service Area, Florida's Turnpike initially remains rural between Lake Tophopekaliga and Lake Gentry. The last two Osceola County exits depart in 11 miles for U.S. 192 & 441 at St. Cloud and in 18 miles for Osceola Parkway. Photo taken 04/15/16.
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Approaching the Three Lakes Toll Plaza on Florida's Turnpike northbound near Fanny Bass Pond. Photos taken 04/15/16.
Passing under Friars Cove Road, one half mile ahead of the Three Lakes Toll Plaza. The previously rural area along the north side of Friars Cove Road was annexed by the city of St. Cloud and developed with the Esprit subdivision. Photo taken 04/15/16.
The main line Three Lakes Plaza represents the end of the ticketed system for Florida's Turnpike northbound. Photo taken 04/15/16.
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Open road tolling for SunPass account holders is not yet available at the Three Lakes Toll Plaza. Instead SunPass drivers must slow to 25 mph through one of two dedicated SunPass toll booth lanes. Photos taken 04/15/16.
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Leading away from the Three Lakes Toll Plaza, signs tout Orlando area attractions, including Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. Photos taken 04/15/16.
With SunPass only ramps, a half diamond interchange opened in December 2006 joining Osceola County Road 525 (Kissimmee Park Road) with the Turnpike northbound. Costing $12 million and signed as Exit 240 along southbound, the ramps serve commuters in annexed areas of south St. Cloud. Plans for the exchange dated back to 2000.1 Photo taken 04/15/16.
Interchange modifications in 2002 relocated the northbound off-ramp for U.S. 192/441 to St. Cloud and Kissimmee to a new ramp (Exit 242).2 The change removed the original off-ramp at the trumpet interchange (Exit 244) further north. Photo taken 04/15/16.
U.S. 192/441 overlap from Holopaw in rural east Osceola County across St. Cloud to U.S. 17-92 (Main Street) outside Downtown Kissimmee. The pair follow a busy arterial route, which was widened from Michigan Avenue to Aeronautical Boulevard from October 8, 2001 to June 2003.3. U.S. 441 meets Florida's Turnpike again near Taft. Photo taken 04/15/16.
Osceola Heritage Park, home of Osceola County Stadium (Spring Training site for the Houston Astros), the Osceola County Fairgrounds and Silver Spurs Arena, lies along U.S. 192/441 (Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway) just northwest of the Turnpike access road from Exit 244 (southbound). Photo taken 04/15/16.
Exit 242 departs Florida's Turnpike northbound for U.S. 192/441. U.S. 192 east / U.S. 441 south travel along 13th Street from the St. Cloud Canal toward Downtown St. Cloud. The pair continue northwest through unincorporated areas and enter the Kissimmee city limits beyond Boggy Creek Road (CR 530). Photo taken 04/15/16.
Beyond Kissimmee, U.S. 192 turns northward toward Walt Disney World. The intrastate route ends at U.S. 27 in Four Corners. Photo taken 04/15/16.
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U.S. 192 connects St. Cloud with Melbourne and the Space Coast to the east. U.S. 441 combines with U.S. 17/92 along Orange Blossom Trail (OBT) north from Kissimmee through south Orange County. Photos taken 04/15/16.
Just beyond Exit 249, Simpson Road leads north across Florida's Turnpike from U.S. 192/441 to CR 530 (Fortunate Road). Photo taken 09/20/17.
The third Osceola County interchange joins Florida's Turnpike with Osceola Parkway (CR 522) in north Kissimmee. Travelers reach Interstate 4 and Orlando within 25 miles. Photo taken 09/20/17.
A second mileage sign references the upcoming systems interchange with SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay). The initial ramps opened with the Orlando beltway on January 26, 2015. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Approaching Osceola Parkway (Exit 249) Florida's Turnpike lines the Kissimmee city limits between the Oak Run subdivision and the Bueneaventura Lakes community. Photo taken 09/20/17.
West of Flora Boulevard, Osceola Parkway upgrades to a tolled expressway en route to Walt Disney World. The controlled access parkway ends at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Osceola Parkway constitutes an arterial route east through Bueneaventura Lakes to Boggy Creek Road (Osceola County Road 530) and west along a retail corridor through north Kissimmee. Photo taken 09/20/17.
A diamond interchange joins the Turnpike with Osceola Parkway (CR 522) at Exit 249. Ramps here will be widened / reconstructed as part of the 2017-21 widening project along SR 91 north to SR 528. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Florida's Turnpike crosses the Orange County line to the immediate north of Osceola Parkway. Exit 251 departs next in 0.75 miles for SR 417 (Central Florida Greeneway) east to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and the Lake Nona area of southeast Orlando. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Elevating across a CSX Railroad line, drivers pass by this confirming marker. A $176 million construction project started in April 2017 expands the toll road from four to eight lanes, with two express lanes in each direction, from Osceola Parkway north to the Beachline Expressway.4 Photo taken 09/20/17.
Included in Turnpike widening project is the addition of three ramps at the systems interchange with SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay).4 The first two ramps at Exit 251 were constructed from Fall 2013 to January 2015. Photo taken 09/20/17.
The subsequent interchanges beyond the Central Florida GreeneWay join the Turnpike with the Orlando area expressway network: SR 528 (Beachline Expressway), Interstate 4 and SR 408 (East-West Expressway). Photo taken 09/20/17.
SR 417 encircles south and eastern areas of Orlando from Celebration to Union Park. The toll road stretches 55 miles north to I-4 at Sanford. Photo taken 09/20/17.
The Orange Avenue (CR 527) overpasses at Exit 251 were replaced during the 2017-21 Turnpike widening project. Photo taken 05/22/20.
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A pair of high flyovers take shape at the systems interchange between Florida's Turnpike and SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay). Photos taken 05/22/20.
Subdivisions in the Southchase development line both sides of Florida's Turnpike north to the Wetherbee Road overpass. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Forthcoming Exit 254 serves both the Beachline Expressway (SR 528) a toll road between I-4 and Cocoa, and U.S. 17-92-441 (Orange Blossom Trail). Orange Blossom Trail (OBT) constitutes a busy commercial arterial northward into Orlando and south to Kissimmee. Photo taken 09/20/17.
The Beachline Expressway heads six miles east from Exit 254 to Orlando International Airport (MCO) at SR 436 (Semoran Boulevard). Photo taken 05/22/20.
Crossing over Central Florida Parkway by Florida Consolidated Industrial Park, drivers on Florida's Turnpike north continue 1.25 miles to the trumpet interchange (Exit 254) and access road to SR 528 and U.S. 17-92-441 (OBT). Photo taken 09/20/17.
SR 528 (Beachline Expressway) extends four miles west to International Drive, the Orange County Convention Center and Sea World. Eastward SR 528 heads to Belle Isle, Wedgefield and Brevard County. The toll road joins the Orlando area with Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Florida's Turnpike commences its northwestern trajectory toward Wildwood and Sumter County ahead of the Taft Vineland Road overpass. The second to last service area lies nine miles ahead at mile post 263. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Exit 254 leaves Florida's Turnpike northbound and enters a toll plaza before partitioning into ramps for U.S. 17-92-441 (OBT) north / south and SR 528 east. Photo taken 05/22/20.
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A Breezewood connection links the Turnpike north with the Beachline Expressway west via OBT south and Consulate Drive west. The SunPass-only ramp from Consulate Drive to SR 528 west opened to traffic on July 27, 2004.5 Photos taken 09/20/17.
Construction through April 2008 expanded Florida's Turnpike into eight overall lanes from SR 528 to Interstate 4. Subsequent construction underway to 2022 further widens this stretch to ten general use lanes. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Florida's Turnpike progresses northwest three miles to Interstate 4 in unincorporated Orange County. The succeeding exit is SR 408, with Ocala debuting at 77 miles to the northwest. Photo taken 05/22/20.
SR 482 (Sand Lake Road) crosses over Florida's Turnpike by this sign dedicated the toll road as the Ronald Reagan Turnpike. Signs for the Reagan Turnpike appear sporadically throughout the 309-mile mainline. Photo taken 02/27/16.
Interstate 4 represents the main travel corridor throughout the Orlando metropolitan area, and across central Florida in general. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Locally known as I-Drive, International Drive parallels Interstate 4 south from Oak Ridge Road and Artegon Marketplace Mall to Sea World and World Center Drive. SR 435 (Kirkman Road) links I-4 with I-Drive from just west of the Turnpike. Photo taken 05/22/20.
One mile ahead of the trumpet interchange (Exit 259) and access road to Interstate 4 on Florida's Turnpike north. The $85 million, I-4 Direct Connect Ramps project builds a flyover for I-4 eastbound. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Interstate 4 travels southwest to Universal Studios, the International Drive corridor, and Walt Disney World. Photo taken 05/22/20.
The Ultimate I-4 project through 2021 rebuilds Interstate 4 from Kirkman Road north to the Seminole County line. Construction adds express toll lanes along the freeway and upgrades interchanges along the corridor. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Exit 259 departs from the Turnpike north with two lanes at the Oak Ridge Road overpass. Photo taken 05/22/20.
Overall I-4 joins Orlando with Lakeland and Tampa to the west and Sanford, Deltona and Daytona Beach to the north. Photo taken 05/22/20.
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Interstate 4 heads northeast seven miles to Downtown Orlando and ten miles southwest to Lake Buena Vista / Walt Disney World. Photos taken 05/22/20.

  1. "St. Cloud Gains its Gateway." Orlando Sentinel, The (FL), July 20, 2003.
  2. "Be Wary: Work Will Close Turnpike Lanes." Orlando Sentinel, The (FL), August 11, 2002.
  3. "U.S. 192 is Hot Spot for Lane-Dancing." Orlando Sentinel, The (FL), February 16, 2003.
  4. "Florida's Turnpike Widening from South of Osceola Parkway to the Beachline Expressway and SR 417 Interchange Improvements." Florida's Turnpike Enterprise fact sheet.
  5. "Turnpike Ramp Work to Yield Sun-Pass Express Exit Tuesday." Orlando Sentinel, The (FL), July 25, 2004.

Photo Credits:

02/16/08, 02/27/16, 04/15/16, 09/20/17, 05/22/20 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 4
U.S. 17
U.S. 92
U.S. 192
U.S. 441
State Road 417 - Central Florida GreeneWay / Seminole Expressway
State Road 528 - Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway

Page Updated 05-29-2020.

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