Transportation

  • St. Cloud seeking millions from state for downtown redevelopment projects

    St. Cloud seeking millions from state for downtown redevelopment projects

    St. Cloud City Manager Joe Helfenberger said the city is seeking millions in state funds to launch an ambitious downtown redevelopment that includes new infrastructure and the first phase of Centennial Park. Helfenberger said the city wants to convert two of its main historic brick streets -- New...

  • Consultant to CFX: Don't spend toll money to subsidize SunRail

    Consultant to CFX: Don't spend toll money to subsidize SunRail

    A transportation consultant cautioned the Central Florida Expressway Authority board members on Thursday against using future toll revenues to prop up SunRail as the federal subsidy for that system goes away. The commuter train is owned and operated by the state Department of Transportation, but...

  • Cost for Osceola Parkway Extension toll road expected to top $1B

    Cost for Osceola Parkway Extension toll road expected to top $1B

    The estimated cost for building the 12-mile Osceola Parkway Extension toll road tops out at more than $1 billion, according to final calculations presented during a public hearing Tuesday at Osceola Heritage Park. The formal hearing is the final step of the Project Development & Environmental (PD&E)...

  • CFX selects four engineering firms for Osceola toll road studies

    CFX selects four engineering firms for Osceola toll road studies

    The Central Florida Expressway Authority board voted Thursday to hire four separate engineering firms to evaluate potential new toll road routes in Osceola County. CFX approved a three-way interlocal agreement with Osceola County and the Osceola County Expressway Authority in September to take...

  • Pending OCPS land deal helps galvanize Daryl Carter Parkway extension plans

    Pending OCPS land deal helps galvanize Daryl Carter Parkway extension plans

    Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is scheduled to pay $25 million by Dec. 29 for 50 acres along the future 1.6-mile extension of Daryl Carter Parkway, a long-negotiated site for a future school that has helped galvanize county funding for the road's construction in 2017.    "I've been working...

  • FDOT looks to widen S.R. 535 and make it safer in south Orange, Osceola

    FDOT looks to widen S.R. 535 and make it safer in south Orange, Osceola

    The Florida Department of Transportation is in the early stages of a traffic study to reduce congestion and make safety improvements on S.R. 535 from Interstate 4 to U.S. 192 in Kissimmee. "It is a really, really congested corridor, as you know because you drive it," engineer Travis Hills told...

  • Altamonte Springs posts RFP for engineering services related to I-4 Ultimate

    Altamonte Springs posts RFP for engineering services related to I-4 Ultimate

    The City of Altamonte Springs is seeking bids over the next month for professional engineering services related to construction, engineering and inspection for the I-4 Ultimate utility relocations, and other potential projects.  The city published a Request for Proposals (RFP) on Tuesday that details...

  • MMI breaks ground on $8.1M Apopka interchange, apts & retail to follow

    MMI breaks ground on $8.1M Apopka interchange, apts & retail to follow

    MMI Development celebrated the recent groundbreaking on Thursday of a $8.1 million interchange it's building in Apopka at the S.R. 414 intersection with Marden Road, which by mid-2017 will provide a large part of the city new interconnectivity, and open 72 acres of MMI land to new development. ...

  • CFX shortlists 6 top engineering firms for Osceola toll road studies

    CFX shortlists 6 top engineering firms for Osceola toll road studies

    Kimley-Horn leads the group of six engineering firms invited to submit technical proposals to the Central Florida Expressway Authority to conduct feasibility studies on four future toll roads in Osceola County. CFX approved a 3-way interlocal agreement with Osceola County and the Osceola County...

  • Prospective FDOT taking near Disney leaves Crossroads restaurants in limbo

    Prospective FDOT taking near Disney leaves Crossroads restaurants in limbo

    Faced with the prospect of losing their businesses due to the I-4 widening project, restaurant owners in Crossroads at Lake Buena Vista across from a Walt Disney World entrance are stuck in an expensive state of limbo. "It is just a waiting game, which is why a number of restaurants are not responding...

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  • Plans set for new traffic light, road extension on busy stretch in Oviedo

    Plans set for new traffic light, road extension on busy stretch in Oviedo

    Plans are in place for a new traffic light in Oviedo, one that will create a new intersection at the junction of Mitchell Hammock Road and S. Lake Jessup Avenue. City planners project that the new light will not only help alleviate some of the rush-hour traffic in that stretch, but give business...

  • Demetree Global assembles land at Winter Park gateway for bold redevelopment

    Demetree Global assembles land at Winter Park gateway for bold redevelopment

    Local commercial real estate and development group Demetree Global has assembled nearly two-thirds of the land surrounding the intersection of S. Orlando and N. Orange avenues, with plans to redevelop the area with new retail, and a large traffic roundabout to serve as a grand gateway to Winter...

  • Osceola's W192 Development Authority wins $2M landscaping grant

    Osceola's W192 Development Authority wins $2M landscaping grant

    Osceola County's W192 Development Authority learned this week it has been awarded a $2 million Highway Beautification grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to upgrade the landscaping on the tourist corridor. "As you can imagine I am ecstatic," W192 Executive Director David Buchheit...

  • Osceola wants neighboring counties to pitch in on W192 'Beautivacation'

    Osceola wants neighboring counties to pitch in on W192 'Beautivacation'

    Osceola County officials were hoping Wednesday's Four Corners Summit could help launch serious discussions about a plan to extend the sidewalk and "Beautivacation" project on W192 all the way to U.S. 27 in Polk County. "Today was a great first step," said David Buchheit, executive director of the...

  • Traffic on Disney's north side leads to realignment & extension for Center Drive

    Traffic on Disney's north side leads to realignment & extension for Center Drive

    Reedy Creek Improvement District expects to put out construction documents for bid late this year on a 1-mile extension of Center Drive on the northern edge of its property, realigning the entry point on Reams Road in response to increased traffic through what was once strictly "back of house"...

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  • Bidding opens on Destination Pkwy road work, marketing heats up for vacant land

    Bidding opens on Destination Pkwy road work, marketing heats up for vacant land

    Bidding was opened Monday for contractors on the final mile extension of Destination Parkway, and HFF Orlando recently started to market a key 14-acre parcel along the route. Prospective buyers must offer on the land by Aug. 11, and the highly entitled property could prompt assemblage interest...

  • Height requirements in I-Drive Regulating Plan prompt debate, road projects highlight land opportunity

    Height requirements in I-Drive Regulating Plan prompt debate, road projects highlight land opportunity

    Universal Boulevard can offer a clean slate for urban redesign over the next 25 years, as part of the new 2040 Strategic Vision Plan for a 4,000-acre study area around International Drive. But with a decision to come in the next month by Orange County commissioners on adopting a new transect-based...

  • Regional toll road agreement clears first hurdle at OCX

    Regional toll road agreement clears first hurdle at OCX

    The Osceola County Expressway Authority unanimously approved a three-way contract on Tuesday with the county and Central Florida Expressway Authority for the regional agency to take over construction and operation of future toll roads. The interlocal agreement also spells out when and how CFX could...

  • Osceola moving forward with Bus Rapid Transit on W192 tourism corridor

    Osceola moving forward with Bus Rapid Transit on W192 tourism corridor

    Osceola County Manager Don Fisher has told members of the W192 Development Authority he plans to use $3.5 million of the district's tax revenue for a federal application to add mass transit on the tourist corridor. Fisher informed the authority members last week before presenting his budget recommendation...

  • Early traffic counts on Poinciana Parkway "thrill" OCX board

    Early traffic counts on Poinciana Parkway "thrill" OCX board

     Osceola County's Expressway Authority got a pleasant surprise this week from the first revenue report since OCX began charging tolls on the new Poinciana Parkway. "We are running at about twice the volume as was anticipated by the traffic and revenue study - and we are thrilled," OCX Chairman...

  • Osceola Expressway Authority selects route for toll road extension

    Osceola Expressway Authority selects route for toll road extension

    The Osceola County Expressway Authority has selected preferred routes for the Osceola Parkway Extension (OPE), including the eastern segment that bisects the Split Oak Forest. The governing board also revised its earlier recommended western route to include a full, four-way interchange at OPE and...

  • Disney planning more roadwork on World Drive, incl. new Magic Kingdom bypass

    Disney planning more roadwork on World Drive, incl. new Magic Kingdom bypass

    For the second time in a week, Reedy Creek Improvement District has filed plans for a new interchange on Disney property. The latest plans, filed May 10 with the South Florida Water Management District, call for an extension of World Drive that will allow visitors to Disney resort properties to...

  • Reedy Creek to restrict bidding for $190 million Disney dual interchange project

    Reedy Creek to restrict bidding for $190 million Disney dual interchange project

    Only a handful of companies will be invited to bid for $190 million in road improvements at Walt Disney World.  Disney's Reedy Creek Improvement District filed plans Friday for two interchange projects on park property designed to vastly improve traffic flow to Disney parks and venues. District...

  • Complex $80 million widening project for Sand Lake Road needs GC

    Complex $80 million widening project for Sand Lake Road needs GC

    A general contractor is being sought for the $80-million six laning of Sand Lake Road (S.R. 482), which cuts through the heart of the tourist corridor and is one of the most congested roads in the area. The Florida Department of Transportation has put the 4.53-mile project out for bids, with a...

  • CFX director says negotiations to build Osceola toll roads 'still fluid'

    CFX director says negotiations to build Osceola toll roads 'still fluid'

    Central Florida Expressway Authority Executive Director Laura Kelley said the agreement for the regional agency to build and manage five new toll roads in Oscoela County will be very different from the terms Osceola Commissioners adopted Monday. "Those terms were from two weeks ago," she told GrowthSpotter on...

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  • Florida Turnpike pulls the plug on Seminole express lanes on S.R. 417

    Florida Turnpike pulls the plug on Seminole express lanes on S.R. 417

    The Florida Turnpike Enterprise has pulled the plug on a controversial express lane project on State Road 417 in Seminole County. Seminole County Commissioners, the Central Florida Expressway Authority and MetroPlan Orlando had all been trying for the last year to halt the $125 million widening...

  • Central Florida Expressway Authority to take over construction of Osceola toll roads

    Central Florida Expressway Authority to take over construction of Osceola toll roads

    The Central Florida Expressway Authority has reached an historic agreement with Osceola County and its own expressway authority to take the lead role in designing and building the county's $2.5 billion southern beltway loop. Osceola Commissioners unanimously agreed to a terms with CFX for the toll...

  • CFX master plan calls for up to $9B in new toll roads over next 25 years

    CFX master plan calls for up to $9B in new toll roads over next 25 years

    The Central Florida Expressway Authority's proposed 2040 master plan calls for a dozen new toll road projects totaling up to $9 billion, in addition to the $2 billion in improvements needed for the agency's existing network. Director of Engineering Glenn Pressimore told authority members Thursday...

  • MetroPlan Orlando drops effort to block express toll lanes on S.R. 417 in Seminole

    MetroPlan Orlando drops effort to block express toll lanes on S.R. 417 in Seminole

    MetroPlan Orlando's board dropped its effort Wednesday to block the Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Turnpike Enterprise from moving forward with a plan to build express toll lanes on an existing toll road in Seminole County. While several members of the regional transportation...

  • S.R. 429 development moratorium now in place for Ocoee, Winter Garden

    S.R. 429 development moratorium now in place for Ocoee, Winter Garden

    Both Ocoee and Winter Garden have officially stopped accepting plans for new development along the 429 Western Beltway until July 31, while they come up with a detailed joint master plan to guide development and design for new growth in the corridor. Ocoee’s City Commission gave final approval...

  • Southland Construction apparent winner in bid to widen S.R. 46

    Southland Construction apparent winner in bid to widen S.R. 46

    Southland Construction has emerged from a crowd of 11 building companies as the apparent low bidder for a $25 million-plus project to turn S.R. 46 in Sanford from a so-called rural road to and urban one, by expanding it from two to four lanes. The Apopka firm’s $26.5 million bid beat out 10 other...

  • Osceola Expressway Authority preps for $2.5B toll road solicitation

    Osceola Expressway Authority preps for $2.5B toll road solicitation

    The Osceola County Expressway Authority board got its first look at traffic and revenue projections for future toll roads, in advance of publishing a request for letters of interest for construction of the $2.5 billion beltway system. The OCX board held a workshop Tuesday to review details of the...

  • Ocoee follows Winter Garden's temporary moratorium on new S.R. 429 development

    Ocoee follows Winter Garden's temporary moratorium on new S.R. 429 development

    Ocoee became the second city along the S.R. 429 Western Beltway in recent weeks to move toward passing a temporary moratorium on development for land adjacent to the toll road, which would allow the city to prepare a plan specifying the type of development it wants to encourage along the rapidly...

  • Winter Garden commissioners vote for development moratorium along S.R. 429

    Winter Garden commissioners vote for development moratorium along S.R. 429

    The Winter Garden City Commission took its first step toward a temporary moratorium on development along S.R. 429 in its city limits Thursday night, voting unanimously in favor of a provision meant to provide time to refine and finalize the city's vision for development along the Western Beltway....

  • MetroPlan board considers move to halt express lane plan on Seminole Expressway

    MetroPlan board considers move to halt express lane plan on Seminole Expressway

    The Florida Department of Transportation is moving forward with the bid process to hire a consulting engineer for the $125 million widening project on State Road 417 - even as it continues negotiations with the Central Florida Expressway Authority for the possible sale or swap of the toll road. ...

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  • Osceola Expressway Authority plans March summit for prospective bidders of $2.5B toll road system

    Osceola Expressway Authority plans March summit for prospective bidders of $2.5B toll road system

    The Osceola County Expressway Authority will release a draft version of the request for letters of interest (RFLOI) to highway contractors and investors in early March for its 60-mile beltway system. OCX board members agreed Tuesday to hold an industry forum in mid-March and meet privately with...

  • Orlando Airport pitches new interchange design, route of Osceola Parkway Extension

    Orlando Airport pitches new interchange design, route of Osceola Parkway Extension

    Orlando International Airport and state transportation officials have asked the Osceola County Expressway Authority and its consultant to consider changing the alignment of the proposed Osceola Parkway Extension (OPE) and redesign the interchange at S.R. 417, to give drivers on the new toll road...

  • 10-mile toll road Poinciana Parkway to open April 16

    10-mile toll road Poinciana Parkway to open April 16

    The long-awaited Poinciana Parkway will open to traffic on April 16, bringing relief to the area's 82,000 residents who suffer one of the nation's longest average commutes. "The Poinciana community has been trying to have this road constructed constructed for 20-plus years to provide another outlet...

  • Osceola brings on consultant for road study in Narcoossee area

    Osceola brings on consultant for road study in Narcoossee area

    Osceola County has contracted with Kimley-Horn for a corridor study of four major east-west roads in the Narcoossee community. "We want to have smart development along that corridor," senior transportation planner Mary Moskowitz told GrowthSpotter. "We will allow density, but we want it designed...

  • Osceola Expressway Authority will seek up to $100 million from CFX for new toll road

    Osceola Expressway Authority will seek up to $100 million from CFX for new toll road

     The Osceola County Expressway Authority will be looking to the regional agency for cash to attract private investors to build and operate a 60-mile beltway of toll roads. The Central Florida Expressway Authority held a board meeting in Osceola for the first time Thursday morning. That's when OCX...

  • All Aboard Florida gains easement, hints at Jacksonville in contract

    All Aboard Florida gains easement, hints at Jacksonville in contract

    All Aboard Florida has paid $1.4 million to the Central Florida Expressway Authority to help secure the final easements it needs to make its run from Miami to Orlando. The passenger rail line has also indicated in its contract that an extension to Jacksonville is a real possibility. When describing...

  • Local planner Beitsch wrote the book on public-private partnerships

    Local planner Beitsch wrote the book on public-private partnerships

    Local governments and expressway authorities that have grown more reliant on private financing for major transportation projects now have a new tool to guide them through the complex world of public-private partnerships. A trio of local experts from the University of Central Florida just released...

  • 3 make shortlist for Kissimmee airport master plan contract

    3 make shortlist for Kissimmee airport master plan contract

    BRPH topped the list of three firms in contention for a three-year master planning and marketing contract with Kissimmee Gateway Airport. The Melbourne-based design firm specializes in aviation and aerospace related industries. Santiago Fernandez, director of planning, told GrowthSpotter the firm...

  • Globalvia still game to bring maglev or rail to Orlando

    Globalvia still game to bring maglev or rail to Orlando

    Orlando may not be getting a magnetic levitation train after all.  The tenor of discussions among stakeholders has turned to include employing a light rail system. The system would likely follow the same 14.9-mile path proposed for the maglev, from Orlando International Airport to the Orange County...

  • Puerto Rico-based Air Flamenco to begin daily service at Kissimmee airport in 2016

    Puerto Rico-based Air Flamenco to begin daily service at Kissimmee airport in 2016

     Air Flamenco, a mainstay of air travel in the Caribbean, will open a satellite base of operations at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) early next year. Rubén Torres, who founded the Puerto Rico-based airline in 1976, now lives in Kissimmee and has a deal to co-locate with Quantem, a fixed-base operator...

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  • Kissimmee Gateway Airport on verge of major expansion

    Kissimmee Gateway Airport on verge of major expansion

    Eight firms submitted proposals Tuesday in hopes of landing a multi-year marketing contract with Kissimmee Gateway Airport. "We're trying to brand our airport as more of a workforce pipeline," Economic Development Director Belinda Kirkegard said.  The city had posted a request for letters of interest...

  • Osceola seeking private partners to build, operate 60-mile beltway system

    Osceola seeking private partners to build, operate 60-mile beltway system

     Just as the Florida Department of Transportation sought help from the private sector to build the I-4 Ultimate Project, the Osceola County Expressway Authority will look for private investors to front the money for its toll road network.  OCX will be publishing a request for letters of interest...

  • Osceola Parkway extension would cut through Eagle Creek

    Osceola Parkway extension would cut through Eagle Creek

    The Osceola County Expressway Authority is getting close to choosing the eastern-most route for the proposed Osceola Parkway Extension, and all of the options go through the exclusive Eagle Creek golf community. "Eagle Creek will be impacted by the road," said Jeff Jones, the agency's executive...

  • Mount Dora property owner battles with Lennar over road deal

    Mount Dora property owner battles with Lennar over road deal

    A Mount Dora-area land ownership group has been locked in discord with Lennar Homes for more than a decade, fighting for the homebuilder to build a contractually promised parkway within its development Stoneybrook Hills, a road needed to activate the group's own 294 land-locked acres for development. ...

  • I-4 off-ramp pitched in tourism corridor to aid Sand Lake Rd congestion

    I-4 off-ramp pitched in tourism corridor to aid Sand Lake Rd congestion

    Early-stage plans are being developed by a group of tourism corridor stakeholders to propose an off-ramp along I-4 West that would provide a new exit to alleviate congestion at the Sand Lake Road intersection.  The off-ramp could deliver highway motorists onto Turkey Lake Road in front of Orlando...

  • All Aboard Florida hires rail contractor

    All Aboard Florida hires rail contractor

    All Aboard Florida took a step forward in its commuter rail system by hiring a contractor that will handle track work for the project's first leg, a move that brings it one step closer to its terminus in Orlando. For a 66-mile stretch between Miami and West Palm Beach, Archer Western will provide...

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