Osceola Parkway extension workshop scheduled Tuesday

 The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) is holding a public workshop for the Osceola Parkway Extension Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study Re-evaluation Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Lake Nona Middle School Cafeteria, 13700 Narcoossee Road, Orlando.

CFX is conducting the study to determine if a new expressway connection between State Road 417 near Boggy Creek Road in Orange County, and the proposed Sunbridge Parkway in Osceola County is viable and fundable in accordance with CFX policies and procedures.

The Osceola Parkway Extension has been identified as a need in several local, long-range plans and master plans. The former Osceola County Expressway Authority (OCX) completed a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study in May 2017 for the Osceola Parkway Extension and presented a recommended alternative.

The overall goals of the nine-mile Osceola Parkway Extension are: to provide improved connections between area roads; accommodate anticipated transportation demand; provide consistency with local and regional plans; support economic viability and job creation; support intermodal opportunities; and enhance evacuation and emergency services.

During the workshop, attendees will be able to view a looped video presentation as well as exhibits including the study alternatives, the evaluation matrix and a diagram of roadway typical section. Attendees also will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide their comments.

About the Osceola Parkway PD&E Study Re-evaluation

CFX’s enabling legislation  incorporated the parkway extension and other portions of the OCX 2040 Master Plan into the CFX 2040 Master Plan. In 2018, CFX completed a Concept, Feasibility and Mobility Study for the Osceola Parkway Extension and concluded the project is viable under CFX criteria. In July 2018, CFX officially began a re-evaluation of the OCX PD&E Study that included a recommended alternative.

In addition, the study team has continued to conduct stakeholder meetings to gather further feedback and clarification in preparation for an alignment recommendation.