News Flash! I have just learned that FDOT does not want the 408 extension to run along the Hwy 50 right of way. This is very disconcerting as we desperately need this road to help move traffic.
The 408 extension that will go along Hwy 50 from the end of the 408 out to Hwy 520 is well into the study phase of the project to determine if it is feasible. The difficulty in this project is developments have blocked most east-west corridors leaving the only viable route along Hwy 50. But Hwy 50 is a state road maintained by FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation) and is currently under construction to widen the road to 6 lanes from Dean to the Econ bridge. The next phase of widening Hwy 50 to 6 lanes is the section from the Econ bridge to Hwy 419 which could be funded soon.
I have written several posts on the extension which you can find here:
- 2/23/2016 – R 408 Eastern Extension PD&E Study
- 3/8/2016 – SR 408 PD&E Study Public Workshop
- 3/12/2016 – Cost of 408 extension
- 2/23/2016 – SR 408 East Extension from SR 50 to SR 50/SR 520 Intersection Meeting Notes
The 408 extensioon study is in progress at this time but last week a wrench was thrown into the plans. Apparently FDOT does not want the expressway to run along the Hwy 50 right-of-way. I confirmed this information with FDOT and the county. What happens now?
You may also be aware that the two developments on Lake Pickett are coming up for hearings on June 14th at the Board of County Commission Chambers. Lake Pickett South (The Grow) is up for Approval while Lake Pickett North (Sustany) is up for Transmittal. Both of these developments have about 2,000 homes with commercial along Hwy 50. Another fact is without the 408 expressway and even with Hwy 50 being expanded to 6 lanes, Hwy 50 will be in an over-capacity state by 2030. This will also impact traffic on McCulloch Road as McCulloch is the only other east-west corridor to get past UCF/Resesrch park. This will happen even when McCulloch is 4 laned.
This is very bad news and the hope is this can be worked out so the 408 expressway extension can use the Hwy 50 right-of-way but at this point FDOT is saying no.
If this does somehow get approval and the go ahead to be built, the first Segment would be from the end of the 408 up to Avalon Park Blvd. This is the highest congestion and is where the bulk of traffic issues are now. Let’s hope for a positive outcome.