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Engineering Orlando’s future mobility

How a new interchange will improve travel times for locals and visitors just north of Orlando.

The Problem

Central Florida needs a completed beltway to help ease congestion. The population growth in Orange, Lake, and Seminole counties Florida has made traffic congestion a major problem in the region. Florida, is the third-largest state by population, and is growing rapidly, with more than 1 million new residents each year.

The Solution

Although planning and construction on the beltway around central Florida has been underway for the last 30 years, the final link — Wekiva Section 8 — is now becoming a reality.

What is Wekiva 8? It’s a new interchange at Wekiva Parkway and Interstate 4 (I-4), just north of Orlando, Florida, that will significantly improve traffic conditions. Specifically, 2.63 miles of limited access toll road will connect with State Road 417 (SR 417).

Wekiva Parkway Section 8 involves the design and construction of 2.63 miles of limited access toll road and reconstruction along I-4, including a new interchange.

Lane Construction is currently constructing Wekiva 8 and expects the project to take a total of four years. Wekiva 8 includes drainage, lighting, paving, pavement markings, extensive signage, utilities and other roadway features. According to Kurt Mathiasmeier, project manager for Wekiva 8, by completing a loop around Orlando, travel times for both residents and visitors will be improved.

Wekiva 8 by the numbers:

  • 22 total bridges
    • 20 new bridges and two (2) bridge widenings
  • 13 miles of parkway already open to traffic as of 20201
  • A $253M design build project
  • 2.63 miles of new road
  • 3 million yards of embankment
  • 1.5 million yards of regular excavation
  • 54,000 linear feet of storm drainage

By completing a loop around Orlando, and adding four express lanes down the median, of I-4. travel times for both residents and visitors will be improved

At the end of the day, this project’s design will accommodate Florida’s future “Beyond the Ultimate” project, which will add four express lanes down the median of I-4. This is just one of Lane’s projects in the Sunshine state — Lane Construction has nearly $500M in active highway projects in Florida.


Key Benefits of Lane’s Design:

  • Safety. Lane’s design includes improved operations and safety for both motorists and anyone in work zones
  • Enhanced mobility. This project will increase mobility around the area
  • Preservation. This project will preserve recently constructed infrastructure
    • This is both environmentally and budget friendly
  • Aesthetics. Thoughtful, visually-pleasing design considerations

Other Similar Lane Projects

(1) Central Florida Expressway Authority. Wekiva Parkway: Completing Central Florida’s Beltway. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Online