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The SR 408/SR 417 interchange is one of the largest and most heavily traveled interchanges linking northeast Orlando and downtown. The interchange suffered severe congestion during peak travel times and was confusing to motorists. To address these issues and improve regional mobility, the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA) contracted with RS&H to design a true system-to-system interchange.
Improvements to the interchange included widening SR 408 from six to eight lanes and adding a new two-lane ramp from southbound SR 417 to westbound SR 408, as well as from eastbound SR 408 to northbound SR 417. Also included are two long bridges, a 1,600-foot-long complex steel box girder flyover, and a curved prestressed concrete beam bridge.
The interchange features numerous innovations, including five overhead signs that meet newly adopted guidelines in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Tourists visiting Central Florida’s attraction will benefit from these massive signs, which are some of the first in the state. In addition, nearly 13,000 linear feet of noise barriers were installed, including the first transparent bridge-mounted noise barriers in Florida.
The highly complex interchange improvements were successfully completed ahead of schedule while maintaining the interchange flow of 97,000 vehicles per day on SR 408 and 74,000 vehicles per day on SR 417.
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Orange County, Florida
Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority
National Recognition Award
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Engineering Excellence Awards, 2014
Best Highways/Bridges Project
ENR Southeast’s Best of 2013
Ranked Eight in Roads & Bridges Top 10 Roads of 2013