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Osceola Parkway, signed as County Road 522 (CR 522) since around 2003 (and originally planned as State Road 424[not verified in body]), is a 17.5-mile-long (28.2 km), partially tolled arterial road extending east–west across the northern boundary of Osceola County, Florida, roughly paralleling the border with Orange County. It connects Walt Disney World with Interstate 4 and Florida's Turnpike before terminating at Simpson Road (formerly Boggy Creek Road) near Buenaventura Lakes, and is maintained by Osceola County. Only the section between the Southern Connector and a toll plaza east of Shingle Creek is tolled; the rest includes mainly at-grade intersections. A portion of the Osceola Parkway was once called Dart Boulevard.

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County Road 522
Osceola Parkway
Route information
Length18.7 mi[1] (30.1 km)
ExistedJune 16, 1987 (1987-06-16) (original road)
August 18, 1995 (toll road)–present
Major junctions
West endDisney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in Bay Lake
  I-4 in Celebration
SR 417 in Celebration
US 17 / US 92 / US 441 in Kissimmee
Florida's Turnpike in Kissimmee
East end CR 530 near Buenaventura Lakes
Location
CountiesOsceola
Highway system
County roads in Florida
SR 520SR 524

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Route descriptionEdit

The road starts at an intersection with an entrance road to the Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in Lake Buena Vista. For its westernmost 0.4 miles (0.64 km), it has many characteristics of an at-grade boulevard; however, east of the entrance to Disney's Animal Kingdom, it becomes a grade-separated expressway. Heading east, the parkway passes through several sections of the Disney World Complex before intersecting with World Drive and crossing into Osceola County. The parkway exits Walt Disney World, just before an interchange with I-4. Although Osceola Parkway was built across I-4 into Walt Disney World, an interchange with that freeway (Exit 65) did not open until 2001. The ramps with the exit to nearby SR 536 are interspersed such that traffic going on to I-4 from SR 536 cannot directly exit onto Osceola Parkway, and vice versa. The road then has an interchange with SR 417 (Southern Connector), where the Parkway becomes a limited access toll road (although not a full expressway). The parkway passes through residential areas, passing through an interchange with Poinciana Blvd., featuring ramp tolls of $0.75 for eastbound exiting traffic and westbound entering traffic. East of the interchange, Osceola Parkway crosses the one mainline toll plaza just east of Shingle Creek, with a $1.75 toll as of April 2009.[2]

 
Ice cream shop on Osceola Parkway

East of the toll plaza, the tolled section of the parkway ends as it becomes a surface street, as it continues to pass through residential and shopping areas with at grade intersections, most notably with John Young Parkway and US 17/US 92/US 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) as the road heads towards Florida's Turnpike. East of the Turnpike, the road continues as a four lane street through another residential development until its terminus at Simpson Road, near Buenaventura Lakes. Simpson Road was known as Boggy Creek Road until September 2014, which removed the unusual situation of having a three way intersection with all three roads having the same name.[3]

The Parkway originally used an electronic toll collection system known as O-PASS, however the county elected to discontinue its own toll collection program and instead contracted with the Orlando–Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA) to provide that service, so the O-PASS system was merged with the E-PASS system. The Osceola Parkway also accepts SunPass accounts which are run by the Florida Department of Transportation and are accepted on most toll roads throughout the State of Florida.

HistoryEdit

 
Original logo featuring Osceola, used until c. 2003

The road originally opened as Dart Boulevard on June 16, 1987 as a two-mile stretch between U.S. Highway 441 and Buenaventura Boulevard.[4] During the early 1990s, Disney World and Osceola County officials extended and upgraded the road to its current 12.4 miles (20.0 km) parkway form, widened the lanes from two to four and added an interchange with Florida's Turnpike, with the highway opening on August 18, 1995.[5][6][7]

A $19.2 million project has begun to widen 2.66 miles of Osceola Parkway from two to four lanes between the intersections of Buenaventura Boulevard and Simpson Road from Myers Road to 600 feet north of Osceola Parkway. The date of substantial completion for the second phase of work on the east-west road is April 1, 2015.[8][9]

FutureEdit

The Osceola County Expressway Authority is planning an easterly extension as part of the Osceola County Beltway System. Following a 2012 feasibility study and a March 2013 public meeting, the project team decided on an alignment along the county line, either leaving the current roadway east of Windy Cove Drive (Bridgewater subdivision) or following the current roadway to its end at Simpson Road and curving northeast there. A spur would extend north to SR 417 near Orlando International Airport.[10]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
OrangeBay Lake0.00.0Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
0.40.64Disney's Animal KingdomInterchange
1.42.3   To SR 429 / Florida's Turnpike – Disney's All-Star Resort, Blizzard Beach Water Park, Coronado SpringsInterchange with Buena Vista Drive
2.23.5   To I-4 / US 192 – Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, Magic Kingdom, Epcot (World Drive)Interchange with World Drive; I-4 not signed eastbound
3.04.8Victory Way – ESPN Wide World of Sports, Disney's Hollywood StudiosInterchange
OsceolaCelebration4.16.6  I-4 – Orlando, TampaExit 65 on I-4 (SR 400); western terminus of CR 522
4.87.7  International Drive South to US 192 – Resort Area, Celebration
5.28.4    SR 417 to I-4 west – International AirportExit 3 on SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay)
7.311.7   Poinciana Boulevard to US 192 / SR 535 – Resort Area, Medieval Times, Green Meadows FarmTolled eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Kissimmee10.016.1Shingle Creek Toll Plaza
11.418.3  
   US 17 Truck south / US 92 Truck west (John Young Parkway) – Downtown Kissimmee
Interchange; western terminus of US 17 Truck / US 92 Truck overlap
12.420.0     US 17 / US 92 / US 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) – Orlando, Kissimmee, AirportTermini of US 17 Truck / US 92 Truck
12.820.6Old Dixie Highway (CR 527 south)
13.121.1Orange Avenue (CR 527 north)
13.521.7Michigan Avenue (CR 531 south)Northern terminus of CR 531
KissimmeeBuenaventura Lakes line13.922.4  Florida's TurnpikeExit 249 on Florida's Turnpike (SR 91)
17.528.2Simpson Road (CR 530 west)Western terminus of CR 530 concurrency
OsceolaOrange
county line
18.730.1   Boggy Creek Road (CR 530) to CR 15 – AirportCR 530 continues east
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Google (June 15, 2019). "Osceola Parkway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "25-cent toll hike on Osceola Parkway". Orlando Business Journal. March 27, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "Boggy Creek Road Name Changes Are Official". Osceola County Florida.
  4. ^ Flowers, Shanna (June 12, 1987). "New Road May Spur Growth Dart Boulevard Interchange on Florida's Turnpike Could Lure Industry". Orlando Sentinel. p. O3.
  5. ^ Lebowitz, Lawrence J. (October 2, 1990). "Disney Helps Map Osceola Road Deal". Orlando Sentinel. p. A1.
  6. ^ Owens, Darryl E. (July 18, 1993). "Caution: Construction Ahead on the Turnpike Workers Will Add an Interchange on Florida's Turnpike to Relieve Congestion on Osceola Parkway". Orlando Sentinel. p. K3.
  7. ^ "Parkway Pointers". Orlando Sentinel. July 22, 1995. p. 1.
  8. ^ Barth, Cindy (24 May 2013). "Osceola Parkway widening to start this summer". Orlando Business Journal. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  9. ^ Osceola County Florida http://www.osceola.org/public_works/226-3915-3921/osceola_parkway.cfm. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Kimley-Horn and Associates, Osceola Parkway Extension and Boggy Creek Road/SR 417 Access Road PD&E Study (presentation), uploaded April 28, 2014

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