Florida State Route 414
According to IAMACCEPTED.COM, State Route 414 or State Road 414 (SR-414) is a state route and partial toll road in the U.S. state of Florida. The road forms an east-west route through the north of the Orlando metropolitan area and is 25 kilometers long, of which 10 kilometers as a toll road.
State Road 414 begins at Apopka on US 441, while State Road 429 continues north as a highway here. State Road 414 first heads south as a 2×3 lane highway, followed by interchanges with State Road 429 and State Road 451 in quick succession. State Road 414 then heads east as a 2×3 lane highway. Near Lockhart, US 441 intersects for the second time, after which the road becomes a single-storey urban arterial with 2×2 lanes and traffic lights, this part is formed by Maitland Boulevard. Already after three intersections, the road becomes grade separated again with 2×3 lanes and has a junction with Interstate 4. To the east, state Road 414 is another 2×3 – lane urban arterial with traffic lights, ending in Maitland at US 17 and US 92.
The corridor of State Road 414 is a relatively recently constructed connection. The oldest section was the section between I-4 and US 17/92 in Maitland, believed to have been constructed in the 1960s with the construction of I-4. Maitland Boulevard was extended west in the early 1990s as an urban arterial with traffic lights from I-4 to Forest City Road. At that time, the road still led through a partially undeveloped area, office parks had only been created near I-4.
About 1999-2000, the western portion of Maitland Boulevard was constructed as an urban arterial with traffic lights, between Forest City Road and US 441 at Lockhart. For a long time there was only one grade-separated intersection, the eastern terminus with US 17/92 in Maitland.
John Land Apopka Expressway
Only later was the John Land Apopka Expressway built in the northwestern suburbs of Orlando. The main purpose of this toll road was to open a busy section of US 441 between Apopka and Lockhart. Construction began in January 2007 and the toll road opened on February 14, 2009. At that time, the toll road was also numbered State Road 414.
The first section of the John Land Apopka Expressway ran from State Road 451 in South Apopka to US 441, which became Maitland Boulevard. A westbound extension to US 441 west of Apopka opened on January 19, 2013. This extension was also part of State Road 429, which would later form Orlando’s western beltway.
The turnpike was named after John H. Land (1920-2014), who was the longest-serving mayor in Florida. He was mayor of Apopka for 61 years, from 1950 to 1968 and from 1971 to 2014.
Maitland Boulevard upgrade
A part of Maitland Boulevard further to the east was later also extended over a somewhat longer piece of grade separated floors. A grade-separated junction with Forest City Road (State Road 434) was opened in about 2001, the construction of which coincided with the construction of the 4-kilometer section of Maitland Boulevard between US 441 and State Route 434. As part of I-4 Ultimate project is a series of flyovers built to the east over a total length of 3 kilometers between State Route 434 and the connection to I-4. This was largely completed in 2018. As part of this, the connection to I-4 has also been reconstructed into a node with free-flow connections. This was completed in 2019.
It is planned to also grade the final section of Maitland Boulevard between US 441 and SR 434, with the construction of a toll overpass over the existing city highway. Cost is estimated at $365 million in 2022, with a planned opening in mid-2027.
State Road 408 is a toll road, operated by the Central Florida Expressway Authority. The toll collection is largely electronic with the E-Pass. The SunPass is also accepted.
42,000 vehicles drive daily on State Road 414 between Apopka and US 441. Maitland Boulevard is busier with 50,000 to 75,000 vehicles per day.
Florida State Route 417
According to acronymmonster, State Route 417 or State Road 417 (SR-417), also known as the Central Florida GreeneWay, is a toll road and interstate highway in the U.S. state of Florida. The highway forms the eastern ring road of the Orlando metropolitan area. The highway is 87 kilometers long.
State Route 417 at Florida’s Turnpike.
State Road 417 begins south of Orlando at the Celebration suburb at an interchange with Interstate 4. The highway here has 2×2 lanes and forms the southern bypass of Orlando. The road leads through a vast suburban area. North of Kissimmee is an interchange with Florida’s Turnpike, east of which the highway has 2×3 lanes to the south entrance of Orlando International Airport.
After the airport, the highway bends to the north and has 2×2 lanes here. There is then a junction with State Road 528, after which the highway has 2×3 lanes again and leads through the eastern suburbs of Orlando. East of the city it follows an interchange with State Road 408. After Goldenrod the highway narrows again to 2×2 lanes. There then follows a 2.5 kilometer long bridge over Lake Jesup. The highway then opens up to the suburb of Sanford and turns west here to rejoin Interstate 4.
Orlando is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States, but growth started relatively late. It was not until the 1980s that suburbanization began to take shape and it was decided to build an eastern bypass.
The toll road has been constructed in several phases. The first phase was the Eastern Beltway, which began construction in 1987 and opened on December 16, 1988 for six miles between State Road 408 and Aloma Avenue at Goldenrod. The second phase was the 7.5-mile Southeastern Beltway, which opened in July 1990 between State Road 528 and Colonial Drive. The third phase was longer at 35 kilometers and spans the east-west section along the south side of Orlando, between State Road 535 and State Road 528, with construction beginning in late 1991 and opening on July 1, 1993. Phase four included the Seminole Expressway, the northernmost section of the toll road, the first sections of which opened to US 17 in 1994 and the final section to I-4 on September 15, 2002 for 10 kilometers. Then phase five was constructed, the southwestern portion between I-4 and SR-535. This part was completed in mid 1996.
The highway was named in 1993 after James B. Greene (1937-1988), the chairman of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority between 1971 and 1985, which later became the Central Florida Expressway Authority.
In 2011-2012, a portion of SR-417 on the east side of Orlando was widened to 2×3 lanes of weaving lanes, from State Road 528 to Curry Ford Road. During that time, the interchange between State Road 417 and State Road 408 in eastern Orlando was also completed with flyovers. A 1.5 kilometer stretch of 2×2 connecting route between the two highways was therefore cancelled. Between 2018 and 2020, 3 miles of State Route 417 on the east side of Orlando has been widened to 2×3 lanes between the North Econlockhatchee Trail and the Seminola County border.
Junction with Florida’s Turnpike
Originally, there was no interchange with Florida’s Turnpike south of Orlando. Both toll roads crossed without interchange. In 2014, the first phase of the interchange was constructed, from south to east and vice versa, to allow traffic from the south to reach Orlando International Airport. In 2015-2016 the connection from north to east was added there, which made the same possible from Orlando. A connecting road from west to south and north was also built at that time. In the period 2018-2021, the interchange was further expanded, including two flyovers for traffic from south to west and from north to east. The flyovers opened to traffic on May 21, 2021. This was a bow tie knot point.
|Exit 34 / SR-408||Exit 38 / Aloma Avenue||6 km||16-12-1988|
|Exit 26 / SR-528||Exit 34 / Colonial Drive||13 km||00-07-1990|
|Exit 6/SR-535||Exit 26 / SR-528||32 km||01-07-1993|
|Exit 38 / Aloma Avenue||Exit 50 / US 17 / US 92||19 km||00-00-1994|
|Exit 0 / I-4||Exit 6/SR-535||10 km||00-00-1996|
|Exit 50 / US 17 / US 92||Exit 55 / I-4||8 km||15-09-2002|
State Road 417 is a toll road, largely operated by the Central Florida Expressway Authority. The toll collection is largely electronic with the E-Pass. The SunPass is also accepted.
The northeast portion of the Beltway in Seminole County is called the Seminole Expressway and is operated by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise.
Approximately 80,000 vehicles travel daily on the South Bypass and 117,000 between State Road 528 and State Road 408, as well as 105,000 vehicles on the east side of Orlando. The northern area around Sanford has 50,000 to 60,000 vehicles per day.