Florida State Road 417
State Road 417 (SR 417), also known as the Central Florida GreeneWay, Seminole County Expressway (depending on the location), and Orlando East Bypass, is a tolled limited-access state highway forming the eastern beltway around the city of Orlando, Florida, United States. It is owned and maintained by the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. The CFX section was posthumously named after former Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority chairman Jim Greene.
|Central Florida GreeneWay|
SR 417 highlighted in red
|Maintained by CFX and FTE|
|Length||54.061 mi (87.003 km)|
|South end||I-4 in Celebration|
| US 17 / US 92 / US 441 near Hunter's Creek|
SR 528 in Orlando
SR 408 near Union Park
|North end||I-4 in Sanford|
|Counties||Osceola, Orange, Seminole|
SR 417 was originally planned to be a full beltway around Orlando. Eventually, the beltway was divided, with the west side being designated SR 429, and the east side retaining the SR 417 designation. The two expressways are non-continuous.
- 1 Route description
- 2 Tolls
- 3 History
- 4 Future
- 5 Exit list
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The Southern Connector as well as the beltway begins at an interchange with Interstate 4 in Celebration. This section, run by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise is 6.4-mile-long (10.3 km), extending to the International Drive interchange.
The Seminole Expressway section of the tollway begins at the county line. This section, also run by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise is 17-mile-long (27 km), extends to an interchange with I-4 in Sanford at the end of the beltway.
There are six mainline toll plazas on the tollway and have at least one express lane dedicated to E-Pass/SunPass for electronic toll collection (ETC), which do not require motorists to stop at a booth, as well as lanes dedicated to cash collection. The Celebration toll plaza has one ETC lane, and all of the others have at least two ETC lanes. The ramp toll plazas have a lane dedicated to ETC and exact change only, with no change provided.
The current toll rates took effect in July 2012.
Phase I: The Eastern BeltwayEdit
The first phase of SR 417, then termed the Eastern Beltway, extended from the current east end of the East–West Expressway northward to SR 426 (Aloma Avenue) in Seminole County. It allowed commuters to bypass the crowded Semoran Boulevard, as well as give expressway access to the University of Central Florida.
The OOCEA began construction of phase I in July 1987 and the road was opened to the public on December 16, 1988 at a cost of $105 million, with $35 million being spent on acquiring the right-of-way for the 6-mile (9.7 km) route.
Phase II: The Southeastern BeltwayEdit
Phase II, the "Southeastern Beltway", was considered one of the most important parts of the Eastern Beltway because motorists could use this portion to travel from downtown Orlando to the Orlando International Airport without ever getting off the expressway system. This portion of the GreeneWay had passed through some of the most barren portions of Orange County. It skirts the Econlockhatchee River marshes that cover some of eastern Orange and northern Osceola.
The OOCEA began construction of the Southeastern Beltway, from Colonial Drive to the Beachline Expressway in January 1989, and opened ahead of schedule in July 1990. The 7.6-mile (12.2 km) route cost $72 million, with an estimated $13 million being spent on acquiring the right-of-way.
Phase III: The Southern ConnectorEdit
The "Southern Connector" was to become a route extending from SR 528 all the way to SR 535. The OOCEA began construction of the 22-mile (35 km) road in November 1991 and completed construction July 1, 1993, at a cost of $273 million. It was during the construction of this section that the entire beltway project was renamed the Central Florida GreeneWay. From 2015 through 2016, a limited interchange was completed with SR 417 and Florida's Turnpike. As of 2017, motorists traveling on SR 417 in either direction can exit onto Florida's Turnpike in both northbound and southbound directions, but only motorists on Florida's Turnpike northbound are able to exit onto SR 417, and only onto the northbound direction of SR 417. However, construction has begun as of late 2017 to complete the originally planned fully directional interchange.
Phase IV: The Seminole ExpresswayEdit
The Seminole Expressway, the northern leg of SR 417, is located in Seminole County and is owned and operated by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. The section south of Aloma Avenue to the county line (less than one mile) was acquired from the Seminole County Expressway Authority in April 1990 as part of Florida's Turnpike Expansion Program authorized by Senate Bill 1316.
The initial stretch, from just south of Aloma to US 17/92 opened in phases in 1994. The final six miles (10 km) connect to Interstate 4 near Sanford/Lake Mary, and opened to traffic on September 15, 2002, approximately seven months ahead of the final schedule. This leg features only one mainline toll plaza (just south of CR 427), but it is also the priciest toll plaza on SR 417 at $2.50 per vehicle. This section also features the only "free movement" on SR 417. No toll is collected for motorists traveling between I-4 and Rinehart Road (whose interchange with SR 417 is used for travelers on SR 46 and CR 46A to get to and from SR 417).
Phase V: Southern Connector ExtensionEdit
Due to the multiple entities involved, which included OOCEA, Walt Disney World, Osceola County, private landowners, the Reedy Creek Improvement District, and the Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, building the southernmost 6.4-mile (10.3 km) between I-4 and the GreeneWay became a complex task. Eventually, they agreed on the Southern Connector Extension, as well as the 12.4-mile (20.0 km) Osceola Parkway.
Florida's Turnpike began construction of the 6.4-mile (10.3 km) extension from the GreeneWay to I-4 in 1994 and completed construction in mid 1996. The project cost almost $153 million, with $74 million coming from contributions from the private parties involved in building this route, making it possible to get from Walt Disney World to the Orlando International Airport without ever driving on Interstate 4.
In 2008, the Turnpike Enterprise began a $49 million project to reconstruct the Lake Jesup toll plaza, allowing for the inclusion of SunPass/E-PASS express lanes. The project was completed in April 2011.
On December 14, 2011, the northern terminus of SR 417 was extended from Interstate 4 to International Parkway. The $11.4 million project began construction on November 29, 2010.
The Turnpike Enterprise and OOCEA (now CFX) agreed to build a partial interchange between SR 417 and Florida's Turnpike in the late 2000s, after negotiations dating back to a 1991 field study. The interchange is being built in two phases. The first phase, built by CFX, added ramps from southbound SR 417 to southbound Florida’s Turnpike and from northbound Florida’s Turnpike to northbound SR 417. Construction on the first phase began in September 2013 and opened on January 26, 2015. The second phase, completing the interchange, will be built by the Turnpike Enterprise with construction beginning in late 2014 and expected to be completed in 2017, several years ahead of its original completion date.
In January 2015, the speed limit along mostly rural parts of the highway was raised to 70 mph from the previous 65 mph speed limit. The increase followed a study that found 85% of drivers on the highway already drove between 70-80 mph.
A rebuild of the interchange with SR 408 is partially complete. The first phase, completed in 2013, widened SR 408 from six to eight lanes through the interchange and relocated ramps from eastbound SR 408 to northbound SR 417 and southbound SR 417 to westbound SR 408, which were previously located about a mile to the west of the rest of the interchange. The second phase will rebuild the remaining ramps.
The OOCEA 2030 Master Plan suggests widening the entire expressway to six lanes from International Drive to the Seminole County line. Florida's Turnpike Enterprise has completed a project development & environment study (PD&E) to evaluate the widening of the Seminole Expressway, the portion of SR 417 north of University Boulevard. Construction between University Boulevard and SR 434 is currently not scheduled to begin until 2020.
|Osceola||Celebration||0.000||0.000||–||I-4 west (SR 400) / World Drive – Tampa||I-4 exit 62|
|0.3||0.48||Celebration Toll Plaza|
|1.012||1.629||2||Celebration Avenue to US 192||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|2.311||3.719||3||Osceola Parkway (CR 522)||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Orange||Lake Buena Vista||5.098||8.204||6||International Drive to SR 536 / SR 535 / I-4 east||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; transition from FTE to CFX maintenance|
|6.2||10.0||John Young Mainline Toll Plaza|
|Hunter's Creek||8.659||13.935||10||CR 423 (John Young Parkway)||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|||10.032||16.145||11||US 17 / US 92 / US 441 (Orange Blossom Trail / SR 500 / SR 600) – Kissimmee||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|||11.02||17.73||12||Florida's Turnpike (SR 91) – Miami, Ocala||Florida's Turnpike exit 251; northbound Turnpike uses open road tolling|
|Meadow Woods||12.377||19.919||14||Landstar Boulevard||Tolled northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|||14.3||23.0||Boggy Creek Mainline Toll Plaza|
|Orlando||15.903||25.593||17A||International Airport||Via South Access Road; tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance; opened February 2016|
|17B||Boggy Creek Road (CR 527A)||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|17.996||28.962||19||Lake Nona Boulevard||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance; to Nemours Children's Clinic Hospital|
|20.550||33.072||22||CR 15 (Narcoosee Road)||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|22.017||35.433||23||Moss Park Road||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|22.939||36.917||24||Innovation Way / Dowden Road||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|24.571||39.543||26||SR 528 (Beachline Expressway) – International Airport, Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa||SR 528 exit 16; to Port Canaveral|
|26.482||42.619||27||Lee Vista Boulevard||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|||27.2||43.8||Curry Ford Mainline Toll Plaza|
|||28.785||46.325||30||Curry Ford Road||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|||31.525||50.735||33||SR 408 (East–West Expressway) – Orlando, Titusville||Signed as exits 33A (east) and 33B (west); SR 408 exit 18|
|||33.217||53.458||34||SR 50 (Colonial Drive)||Tolled northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|||34.7||55.8||University Mainline Toll Plaza|
|||35.486||57.109||37||University Boulevard||Signed as exits 37A (east) and 37B (west) northbound; tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|||Transition from CFX to FTE maintenance|
|Seminole||||37.109||59.721||38||SR 426 (Aloma Avenue)||Tolled northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Oviedo||40.308||64.869||41||Red Bug Lake Road||Tolled northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Winter Springs||42.716||68.745||44||SR 434 (SR 419)||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|||46.7||75.2||Lake Jesup Toll Plaza|
|Sanford||48.211||77.588||49||CR 427 / Lake Mary Boulevard – Orlando Sanford International Airport||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|49.258||79.273||50||US 17 (SR 15 / SR 600) / US 92 – Sanford||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance; to Central Florida Regional Hospital|
|51.101||82.239||52||CR 46A – Sanford, Lake Mary||Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|53.627||86.304||54||Rinehart Road (CR 431B)|
|54.061||87.003||55A-B||I-4 (SR 400) – Downtown Orlando, Daytona Beach||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 55A (east) and 55B (west); I-4 exit 101B|
|55C||International Parkway – Heathrow||At-grade intersection|
|–||SR 429 south||Future continuation beyond I-4, scheduled to open in 2022|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- "Florida Department of Transportation Interchange Report" (PDF). Florida Department of Transportation. August 4, 2010. pp. 2–3. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 8, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- "Southern Connector Map" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 11, 2012.
- "Seminole Expressway Map" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 11, 2012.
- "2012 Toll Facilities Reference Manual" (PDF). Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. July 2012. pp. 25–43. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 16, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
- "Florida's Turnpike Enterprise Widening Projects in Central Florida" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 30, 2013.
- "New Road—State Road (SR) 417 Extension to International Parkway— Opening" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
- "SR417/SR91 INTERCHANGE NEW CONSTRUCTION" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 5, 2012.
- "Opened: Sr 417/Florida's Turnpike Partial Interchange". Archived from the original on February 13, 2015.
- "Central/West Central Florida Construction/Lane Closure Update". Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. Archived from the original on November 25, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
- "New Interchange at Florida's Turnpike & SR 417 (MP 251)" (PDF). Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 16, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
- "Speed limit to increase to 70 mph on SR-417, 429". wftv.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
- "Traffic Shift Marks First Major Step Toward New SR 408 / SR 417 Interchange" (PDF). Valencia College (PDF). Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
- "State Road 408/State Road 417 South Interchange Project (Not currently scheduled for construction.)". Central Florida Expressway Authority. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
- https://www.oocea.com/Portals/0/DigArticle/66/2030_Improvements_Map.pdf[permanent dead link]
- "WIDEN SEMINOLE EXPRESSWAY (SR 417)" (PDF).
- "Wekiva Parkway - FDOT Sections". Retrieved October 22, 2014.
- Google Maps distance
- FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, accessed March 2014
- "COMPLETE: SR 417/Boggy Creek Road Interchange". cfxway.com. Central Florida Expressway Authority. February 10, 2016. Archived from the original on April 8, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.