The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has begun the final phase, Section 7B, of the Wekiva Parkway Project, which includes widening State Road 46 to make it six lanes from Orange Boulevard to Oregon Street-Wayside Drive in Seminole County, FOX 35 reports.
Crews are clearing vegetation for a retention pond between International Parkway, SR 46, and Wayside Drive, and are preparing the median of SR 46 to shift traffic onto temporary lanes.
The final phase of the $1.6 billion project involves non-tolled improvements from Orange Boulevard to Wayside Drive-Oregon Street near Interstate 4. The work will include widening SR 46 within the existing right of way, installing street lighting, and adding medians, bike lanes, traffic signal upgrades, drainage, and a 10-foot sidewalk along the south side.
The Wekiva Parkway will complete the beltway link around Central Florida and protect natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River. FDOT and the Central Florida Expressway Authority have completed 13 miles of the 25-mile toll road so far.