Plans towards building the 408 extension roll forward with a final pathway presented to the CFX (Central Florida Expressway) board early next year. The board will decide if they will move forward with the project or not.
The path is the same as we saw in the last community meeting which was attended by over 500 people. There are some slight variations as shown in the pictures below. Click on the picture to see them in high quality making it easy to see the details.
With that said here is a very rough plan and what you can expect. Keep in mind, this can change and will probably move a lot slower as all things generally do when it comes to infrastructure projects. Example: this was planned in 2008 and never completed because of the downturn in the economy so who knows if it will ever materialize.
Another factor to keep in mind is FDOT is still exploring the route along Hwy 50 and named it Colonial Parkway. The word is the study has not started yet but has been planned. There are very little details to pass on regarding the FDOT study for the extension.
The CFX study shown in the pictures below is due to finish at the end this year. Around March of next year, the CFX board will meet to decide if the project should move forward. If they decide to move forward there will be a community meeting probably in April to present the final route to the public for comment. No solid dates have been decided.
Some discussion has been going on as to when the project would be built if approved. It is hard to say with some saying if everything went perfectly, it could be built in as little as 5-7 years but other estimates say 2045. Based on this, it is too early to even think about when it is built or even if it will be built. Right now, it is nothing more than lines on a map.
We do know there are three sections that could be built at one time or in sections. The first is from the end of the 408 to Avalon Parkway. The next is from Avalon Parkway to Chuluota Road and the final section from Chuluota Road to 520.
Cost is a major factor and is estimated to be around 400 million. This is about half the estimated cost of the FDOT Colonial Parkway which is in the 800 million dollar range due to the elevated roadway above Hwy 50.
Some very rough estimates of timelines is the CFX board making a decision sometime in mid 2018. If the board approves the project to move forward, contracts can be awarded to the designers by the end of 2018. After this it is completely up in the air and depends on many factors that can go off into different directions so trying to predict what will happen is impossible.
One thing is for certain and that is the route which is shown below. This is the route that will be presented to the CFX board when the time comes.
408 Extension – area of impact