A six-mile stretch of the Wekiva Parkway is now open, marking a major milestone toward the completion of Central Florida’s beltway.
Drivers can now get on at State Road 429 in Lake County and west of Longwood-Markham Road in Seminole County.
“We’re really excited to be opening this up to traffic,” said Jessica Ottaviano with the Florida Department of Transportation.
The Florida Department of Transportation said the $1.6 billion project will help alleviate congestion and new wildlife crossings will make it safer for animals.
FDOT said it built the Wekiva Parkway with nature top of mind.
“We’ve taken extreme measures to make sure that we’re very protective of the environment. We even built the bridge over the river without putting a piece of equipment in the water,” Ottaviano said.
FDOT leaders said the entire project should be finished early next year.
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