Overview & History
State Road 408 (Spessard L. Holland East-West Expressway) is the backbone of the Central Florida Expressway Authority’s 125-mile network. The 22-mile toll road runs east-west, connecting Ocoee from Florida’s Turnpike in west Orange County to SR 50 (Colonial Drive) east of Alafaya Trail near the University of Central Florida in east Orange County. At its peak, more than 164,000 vehicles a day travel the 408 as it crosses downtown Orlando. CFX operates all but the 408’s westernmost mile, which is operated by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, part of the Florida Department of Transportation.
SR 408 provides a faster, more convenient alternative to heavily traveled SR 50, a four- to six-lane arterial road congested with stop-and-go traffic. In certain portions of east Orange County, 45,000 vehicles a day use SR 50, making it one of the busiest stretches of asphalt in Central Florida. It’s no wonder motorists choose SR 408 for its convenient access to communities and corporate and government offices in the city center. SR 408 is the area’s go-to corridor for traveling to Amway Center, Camping World Stadium (formerly the Citrus Bowl) and other downtown entertainment venues, as well as Orlando Executive Airport, SR 436 (and Orlando International Airport), Valencia College, SR 417 (and the University of Central Florida), Lockheed Martin and the Waterford Lakes Shopping district.
CFX leverages emerging technology and expert planning to ensure that drivers enjoy safe, efficient travel whether coming, going or just passing through. The Central Florida expressways share this legacy of connection, as well as history and features unique to each road.