Concept, Feasibility &
Northeast Connector Expressway
In April 2017, CFX began conducting concept, feasibility and mobility studies on the unbuilt Osceola County Expressway Authority (OCX) Master Plan projects. The goal was to determine which, if any, met CFX requirements for viability and funding. Public involvement and interagency coordination was an integral part of the assessment process, and multiple opportunities for participation were provided.
On March 8, 2018, the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) presented the outcomes of the Concept, Feasibility and Mobility Studies for the Northeast Connector Expressway. The objective of this study was to address congestion, plan for population growth and identify options to connect to I-4, State Road 429, or Florida’s Turnpike in Osceola, Orange and Polk Counties. More than forty people provided public comment during the CFX Board meeting. The CFX Board decided not to advance the Northeast Connector Expressway, to the next study phase at this time. The Board decided to revisit the Northeast Connector Expressway corridor periodically in the future as warranted by changes in the surrounding communities.
Each of these corridor studies involved community input with more than 1,300 people attending six public workshops, where they offered more than 630 comments. Part of the community input process included 10 Environmental and Project Advisory Group meetings and nearly 60 stakeholder meetings.
Following is a brief summary of the complete study, as well as section study exhibits, documents, and other information presented.
Northeast Connector Expressway
The study corridor of the proposed Northeast Connector Expressway extends from the proposed terminus of the Southport Connector Expressway at Florida’s Turnpike northeast to the vicinity of the Osceola / Orange County line for a distance of approximately 25 miles. The study includes a proposed interchange with Florida’s Turnpike. The Northeast Connector Expressway has been known as the ‘Southport Connector East’ and the ‘SR 417 Southern Extension’ in previous studies and discussions. The goals of this proposed new limited-access facility were to include providing a connection from Florida’s Turnpike to US 192 and the Osceola Parkway Extension, enhancing mobility of the area’s growing population and economy, relieving congestion on local roads, providing for the incorporation of transit options, and promoting regional connectivity.
CFX Board Meeting- March 8
The CFX Board decided not to advance the Northeast Connector Expressway, to the next study phase at this time. The Board decided to revisit the Northeast Connector Expressway corridor periodically in the future as warranted by changes in the surrounding communities.
Concept Draft Report Public Meetings
• CFX Concept Studies Public Meeting Presentation – Feb. 2018
• CFX Concept Studies Corridorwide Fact Sheet Fall 2018
• CFX Concept Studies Overall Schedule
• Northeast Connector Expressway Alternatives Evaluation Matrix
• Northeast Connector Expressway Typical Sections
• Northeast Connector Expressway Corridor Alternatives Board
• Northeast Connector Expressway Environmental Constraints Board
Kickoff Public Meetings
• CFX Concept Studies Corridorwide Fact Sheet Fall 2017
• CFX Concept Studies Kickoff Public Meeting Presentation – Sept.-Oct. 2017
• CFX Northeast Connector Corridor Alternatives Board Sept.-Oct. 2017
• CFX Northeast Connector Environmental Board Sept.-Oct. 2017
Project Advisory Group (PAG) Meetings
• CFX Northeast Connector February (PAG) Meeting PPT
• CFX Northeast Connector February (PAG) Meeting Summary
• CFX Northeast Connector Fact Sheet
• CFX Northeast Connector Corridor Alternatives Board February 2018
• CFX Northeast Connector Environmental Constraints Board February 2018
• CFX Northeast Connector July (PAG) Meeting PPT
• CFX Northeast Connector July (PAG) Meeting Summary
• CFX Northeast Connector Corridor Alternatives Board July 2017
• CFX Northeast Connector Environmental Board July 2017