Wekiva Parkway project breaks ground Monday

Crews break ground Monday on the Wekiva Parkway project in Apopka.

The first phase of the project will begin on the stretch of road where the 429 ends at 441 up to Kelly Park Road.

Once done, the Wekiva Parkway will be a 25 mile all-electronically-tolled expressway. It will connect to the 417, completing the beltway around Northwest Orlando.
"We've got a lot of positive excitement from the community, lots of folks want it to be done now, they're looking for that extra convenience, they're looking for the completion of central Florida's beltway," Parkway spokeswoman Mary Brooks told Fox 35.

But in the meantime, people can expect years of construction. The project won't be finished until 2021.

"It's still going to create a lot of noise on the road," said Apopka resident Dave Bakle, "With the vehicles and construction, it's going to disrupt me."

This will be more than a highway; the Expressway Authority purchased 3,400 acres of land for conservation, and there will be wildlife bridges so animals can pass under parts of the roadways safely, plus 10 miles of activity trails.

"I think the better access we have, the better off its going to be for us," Apopka resident Keith Russell said.

The first two sections of the Wekiva Parkway, which include this project, are slated to be done by spring of 2017.

The entire 25 mile Wekiva Parkway should be open to traffic by the end of 2021.

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