Overview & History
State Road 538 (Poinciana Parkway) is a key transportation corridor serving the residents of Poinciana in Osceola County, named one of Florida’s fastest-growing areas. The 7.2-mile toll road extends from US 17-92 and Kinny Harmon Road through Osceola County connecting to Cypress Parkway in Polk County. State Road 538 provides a critical north-south connection to US 17-92 facilitating access to regional transportation networks, theme parks, and the metro Orlando area.
Originally built by the Osceola County Expressway Authority, State Road 538 opened to traffic in 2016 and features all-electronic tolling for enhanced traffic flow and customer convenience. Effective December 31, 2018, CFX assumes all governance, control, and maintenance of the Poinciana Parkway. Based on the state law that created CFX in 2014 as a regional transportation operator, Senate Bill 230 empowered CFX to take over projects in OCX’s Master Plan and assume control of the Poinciana Parkway.
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.
Bridge Over Mitigation
The Poinciana Parkway stretches over low-lying wetlands and marshes requiring special construction and design considerations to minimize disturbance to the native wildlife. The 6,200-foot long bridge over Reedy Creek Swamp maintains a critical wildlife corridor where native species can walk or swim with little obstruction. A scupper system on the bridge collects untreated stormwater.
All Electronic Tolling
The Poinciana Parkway is one of the first expressways to feature all-electronic tolling in the area, improving traffic flow by eliminating the need to slow down at a toll plaza. The continuous flow of traffic at highway speeds also improves safety for drivers and passengers along the parkway. Motorists without E-PASS or other electronic transponders will receive invoices for tolls via Pay By Plate.