MOUNT DORA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Motorists seeing construction work at U.S. 441 and State Road (S.R.) 46 in the Mount Dora area, should be prepared for an upcoming temporary traffic pattern change.
In February, all U.S. 441 traffic, and some traffic on S.R. 46 at night, will be diverted along the S.R. 46 southbound on and off ramps, as part of the Wekiva Parkway/S.R. 429 project. This temporary change also includes a traffic signal at S.R. 46.
The traffic diversion will allow crews to rebuild this portion of U.S. 441, which includes removing the overpass bridges. During the nighttime removal of the U.S. 441 bridges, S.R. 46 traffic also will shift onto the nearby temporary pavement.
Construction will start with removing the U.S. 441 bridges and building the east side, or future northbound lanes, and the new flyover bridge. Once the east side/future northbound lanes are complete, traffic will switch onto those new lanes while work begins on the west side, or the new southbound lanes.
Post-construction, the U.S. 441 and S.R. 46 interchange will be an at-grade/ground level, signalized intersection with a flyover ramp that will provide continuous traffic flow for southbound traffic heading east on S.R. 46 toward the parkway.
Once the new outside northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 441 have been built, traffic will be split to allow building the median and turn lanes.
The $1.6 billion Wekiva Parkway will complete the beltway around Central Florida while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River. The Florida Department of Transportation and the Central Florida Expressway Authority have been working together to build the 25-mile toll road, which provides travel alternatives, enhances safety and relieves congestion on local roads.
Information provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.