• New section of SR-429 toll road opens


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Monday's commute is going to be a lot easier for some drivers in northwest Orange and Lake counties.

    Officials opened a new section of the State Road-429 toll road, which angles farther west and ends near Plymouth Sorrento Road.

    The new part replaces a section of SR-429 farther east, which is now called State Road 451.

    The opening wraps up a $354 million project, which will serve as one of the first connectors to the upcoming Wekiva Parkway.

    The most notable change will be for drivers on SR-429 northbound. Staying to the left will keep you on the 429 toward Mount Dora and Zellwood.

    The ramp at the right will take you to 414 toward Maitland and the old 429 ramp.

    The new ramp is also meant to save drivers time because those coming from Lake County can hop on the 429 southbound near Plymouth Sorrento. The route cuts out the more than two miles off traffic and six traffic lights.

    The Expressway Authority will start construction connecting the 429 to the Wekiva Parkway in 2015.

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