& Environment (PD&E) Study:
Northeast Connector Expressway Phase 1
The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study of the proposed Northeast Connector Expressway Phase 1. The proposed north-south divided four-lane expressway would connect the endpoint of the proposed Osceola Parkway Extension at Cyrils Drive to Nova Road (CR 532) in Osceola County.
A new expressway connection between SR 417 and Nova Road (CR 532) has been an identified need in several local long-range plans and master plans. This study is will build upon two CFX planning studies that were recently completed for potential expressway projects in the area. Specifically, this study will consider segments of the Osceola Parkway Extension PD&E Study Re-evaluation and the Northeast Connector Expressway Concept, Feasibility, and Mobility Studies to develop and evaluate alignments within the study corridor.
All factors related to the location and design of the facility are being considered, including transportation needs, financial feasibility, social impacts, economic factors, environmental impacts, engineering analysis, and right-of-way requirements.
The goal of this proposed 4-mile, limited-access facility is to enhance north-south mobility and provide connections between existing and future east-west corridors in the study area. The expressway will also improve system linkage and regional connectivity, meet social and economic needs, achieve consistency with local plans, provide multimodal opportunities, and improve safety and evacuation routes.
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