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Expressway Authority Honors State Senator Daniel Webster
Posted By: Lindsay Hodges
Release Date:8/23/2005

State Road 429 is renamed the Daniel Webster Western Beltway

ORLANDO, Fla - Today, the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority honored state Sen. Daniel Webster for his long-term support and dedication of Central Florida transportation initiatives by renaming State Road 429 from the Western Expressway to the Daniel Webster Western Beltway. The new name was approved by the Florida legislature this past session and went into effect July 1, 2005. "Without Senator Webster’s support and involvement, State Road 429 would never have been a reality for our community," stated Expressway Authority Chairman Allan E. Keen. "Renaming this roadway is our way of recognizing him for his significant contribution and it will serve as a symbol of his dedication for many years to come."

Daniel Webster was elected to the Florida Senate in 1998 and is currently serving his second consecutive term. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was a member of the state House of Representatives, where he served as Speaker of the House from 1996-1998. Senator Webster is a member of the senate Committee on Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations.

State Road 429 (Daniel Webster Western Beltway) is a limited-access toll road which extends from Apopka to Winter Garden. It offers access to the Florida Turnpike while providing residents of Apopka and northwest Orange County direct access to downtown Orlando. Construction began in July 1998 and more than $350 million has been spent on the project to date. While the project is expected to be complete in 2006, three of the project’s six segments are open to traffic. The roadway was built in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion on Interstate 4 and provide a western bypass around Orlando. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, a complete beltway around Metro Orlando could divert as many as 46,000 daily trips from Interstate 4 by the year 2025.

The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, established in 1963 by the state legislature, is responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a 92-mile limited-access expressway system to serve the metropolitan Orlando area. The Expressway Authority's system includes State Road 408 (East-West Expressway), State Road 528 (Beachline Expressway), State Road 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay) and State Road 429 (Daniel Webster Western Beltway). The Expressway Authority was the first to bring Electronic Toll Collection to Florida with the inception of E-PASS in 1994. Today, nearly half a million Central Florida residents have E-PASS.


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