The Florida Department of Transportation, along with the City of Casselberry and Seminole County, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 6 to mark the opening of the US 17-92 flyover bridge.
“We are very proud of this project,” said District Five Secretary Noranne Downs. “It’s taken a lot of hard work and a lot of communication with our partner agencies, the City of Casselberry and Seminole County.”
The $21 million project features the new flyover (single point interchange) from Prairie Lake Drive to Sunnytown Road along US 17-92 and from Oxford Road to Anchor Road along SR 436.
“The Florida Department of Transportation is always about safety first, through engineering and education and enforcement,” Downs said. “The 17-92 flyover is an example of making the road safer through engineering. U.S. 17-92 and State Road 436 is one of the busiest intersections in Central Florida. The flyover will ease the congestion and keeps traffic flowing smoothly… and less congestion means increased safety.”
The U.S. 17-92 flyover bridge boasts 209-linear-foot beams, the longest concrete beams fabricated and installed in Florida. It took 2,231 cubic yards of cast-in-place concrete for the bridge sub superstructure, bridge approach slabs, and bridge traffic railing traffic (not including curbs, gutters, and sidewalk).
More than 48,000 vehicles travel through this intersection daily. Secretary Noranne Downs said this project has been in the making for 30 years.
It also includes street widening, four-foot bike lanes, five-foot sidewalks, utility relocations, signage, and signal improvement as well as new frontage roads, retaining walls, and four new storm water ponds. While the flyover is now open to traffic, it is important to note that construction continues around the flyover including on the frontage roads. The project began in October 2013 and is expected to wrap up in fall 2015.