The Central Florida Expressway Authority began widening State Road 417 from just south of Econlockhatchee Trail to the Orange/Seminole County line in September 2018. The 3.2-mile project will add a travel lane in both directions, expanding the expressway from four to six lanes. The project also includes eliminating one cash lane in each direction at the University Main Plaza and replacing it with an Open Road Tolling (ORT) lane, for a total of three ORT lanes (dedicated E-PASS lanes) in each direction. When E-PASS customers use the ORT lanes, they can avoid slowdowns and backups at toll plazas.
There are also sound walls that will be built in eight locations along the corridor.
Construction on this $44.8 million project is expected to take approximately 24 months to complete.