Lake Underhill construction will take another 12 months, says Expressway Authority



ORANGE COUNTY, FLA. - The green light doesn't come often enough for the long line of cars on Lake Underhill Road near the 408 interchange.

Crews began widening Lake Underhill Road between Goldenrod Road and Chickasaw Trail in March, but drivers will have to put up with the half-mile headache for another 12 months.

The $6.7 million project has only been turning the dirt for the past six months, but relocating utility poles and the project's proximity to Florida Hospital East are contributing to the delay.

Drivers aren't thrilled that it takes almost a half hour to travel two blocks.

One driver, Hector Torres, said he's waited even longer and tries to take side roads to avoid the construction completely. He said it's better than waiting almost 45 minutes.

"Every five minutes you got to stop, you go, you stop, you go," Torres said.

The Expressway Authority hopes to open the new Chickasaw Trail ramp to the 408 by the end of the year.

Drivers said once the ramp opens, congestion should get better on Lake Underhill Road.