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Osceola Parkway (Osceola County 522)

Osceola Parkway exists partly as a controlled access toll road and as a surface arterial in southern Orange County and northern Osceola County. The toll section travels west from Flora Boulevard, north of Kissimmee, to Bay Lake in the Disney World complex. The arterial portion continues east through north Kissimmee and the Buena Ventura community to Boggy Creek Road (Osceola County 530). Osceola Parkway is a county-maintained and paid for facility that carries the designation of Osceola County 522 south of the Orange County line.

Osceola Parkway (Osceola County 522) east
Entering the intersection with unsigned Osceola County 525 (John Young Parkway) on Osceola County east. John Young Parkway represents a busy four to six-lane arterial linking Osceola County 522 with Hunters Creek in south Orange County and central Kissimmee at junction U.S. 17-92-192 (Vine Street). Photo taken 04/05/08.
Osceola County 522 east at John Young Parkway (JYP). JYP south carries U.S. 17 south & 92 west toward Carroll City. Northward the arterial continues all the way to west Orlando. Photo taken 04/05/08.
Eastbound reassurance markers for both Osceola County 522 and Osceola Parkway, posted between John Young Parkway and Greenwald Way. Photo taken 04/05/08.
Osceola Parkway kinks southeast on the approach to junction U.S. 17-92-441 (Orange Blossom Trail). Known locally as OBT, U.S. 17-92-441 share pavement from Main and Vine Streets in central Kissimmee to West Colonial Drive in central Orlando. Photo taken 04/05/08.
Gatorland receives a prominent mentioning on this guide sign for U.S. 17-92-441 posted on Osceola County 522 east. Gatorland is a local attraction along OBT just north of the county line. OBT south becomes Main Street en route to downtown Kissimmee. Photo taken 04/05/08.
Entering the signalized intersection with U.S. 17-92-441 (Orange Blossom Trail) on Osceola County 522 (Osceola Parkway) east. U.S. 17-92-441 travel a busy corridor from their merge at U.S. 192 to their split at Florida 50. Communities along the way include Southchase, Pine Castle, and Edgewood. Photo taken 04/05/08.
Traveling east along Osceola Parkway (Osceola County 522) from U.S. 17-92-441 (Orange Blossom Trail) north of Kissimmee. The free section of roadway consists of a six-lane arterial with at-grade intersections. Photo taken 08/25/07.

Osceola Parkway provides a direct connection to Florida's Turnpike from Orange Blossom Trail, and presently the closest link between the turnpike and Central Florida Greeneway. Pictured here is construction more commercial buildings at the intersection with Old Dixie Highway (unsigned Osceola County 527). Photo taken 08/25/07.
Orange Avenue begins and travels north from Osceola County 522 (Osceola Parkway) into the Meadow Woods suburban sprawl of south Orange County. Orange County carries unsigned Osceola County 527 north into Orange County. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Osceola Parkway spans the CSX Railroad line ahead of the intersection with Michigan Avenue. The six-lane roadway transitions into a busy commercial arterial that includes Gateway Commons shopping center, before meeting Florida's Turnpike (Exit 249). Michigan Avenue leads southward through Kissimmee to U.S. 192-441 (Vine Street). Photo taken 08/25/07.
Continuing east, Osceola Parkway approaches its diamond interchange with Florida's Turnpike mainline. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Florida's Turnpike heads south five miles to junction U.S. 192-441 near St. Cloud on the drive to West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. Florida's Turnpike sees three additional Osceola County interchanges before nipping southwest Indian River County. The second St. Cloud interchange opened in late 2006 as a SunPass only off-ramp. Photo taken 04/17/08.
Drivers bound for Florida's Turnpike south depart Osceola Parkway east; Florida's Turnpike northbound quickly crosses the Orange County line en route to Orlando, Ocoee, Oakland, and Ocala. The route serves through traffic interests to Interstate 75 north, but also commuters between Kissimmee-St. Cloud and Orlando. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Osceola County 522 continues east into the heavily developed Buena Ventura Lakes area. Osceola Parkway reduces from six to four lanes at Coralwood Circle just east of Florida's Turnpike. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Florida Parkway south and Coral Reef Circle north meet Osceola Parkway at Buena Ventura Lakes. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Coral Reef Circle serves an adjacent subdivision with no outlet while Florida Parkway meanders southeast to Buenaventura Boulevard. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Buenaventura Boulevard crosses paths with Osceola Parkway at the commercial center of Buena Ventura Lakes. The crossroads feature shopping centers and other commercial out parcels. Buenaventura Boulevard comprises the main north-south route through Buena Ventura Lakes, linking Osceola County 522 with Boggy Creek Road (Osceola County 530) to the south and Florida 417 Toll (Central Florida Greeneway) to the north via Landstar Boulevard. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Osceola County 522 (Osceola Parkway) continues east from Buenaventura Boulevard and narrows from four to two lanes at Briarwood Drive. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Eastbound Osceola Parkway at the intersection with Waters Edge Drive south and Saratoga Drive north. Both roads connect with adjacent subdivisions. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Approaching the intersection with Pheasant Run Boulevard on Osceola County 522 east. A large grassy right-of-way can accommodate future expansion of Osceola Parkway east to its end. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Nearing the east end of Osceola Parkway at junction Osceola County 530 (Boggy Creek Road). A small guide sign directs motorists westward for Orlando International Airport (MCO). Boggy Creek Road leads directly to South Access Road for the airport terminal. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Osceola Parkway draws to a close at Boggy Creek Road opposite the garish Villa Sol subdivision entrance (Puerta Del Sol Boulevard). Osceola County 530 parts ways with U.S. 192 & 441 (hidden Florida 530) in east Kissimmee for a northeasterly trek to Osceola County 15 and the Orange County line. Photo taken 08/25/07.
Osceola Parkway (Osceola County 522) west
Some mileage signs posted along Osceola Parkway include metric units for European tourists headed to Walt Disney World. This particular sign is posted along Osceola County 522 west between unsigned Osceola County 527 (Orange Avenue) and junction U.S. 17-92-441 (Orange Blossom Trail). Photo taken 05/03/08.
U.S. 17-92-441 provide a direct route into downtown Kissimmee, where they split (junction U.S. 192 / Vine Street). Northward the trio enters the Hunters Creek area of unincorporated Orange County. Photo taken 05/03/08.
Travelers destined for Walt Disney World should remain along Osceola County 522 west to World Drive. U.S. 17-92-441 do not provide the fastest route to Orlando, but do eventually reach the city north of Pine Castle. Photo taken 05/03/08.
Osceola Parkway leaves the busy intersection with unsigned Osceola County 525 (John Young Parkway) and approaches The Loop Shopping Center's south entrance. Photo taken 04/05/08.
Westbound mileage sign posted at Thacker Avenue. Thacker Avenue loops north between The Loop and The Loop West Shopping Centers to unsigned Osceola County 525 (John Young Parkway) near the Orange County line. Thacker Avenue south will eventually connect with the Thacker Avenue at Carroll Street. Osceola County 522 continues one mile to the main line toll plaza west of The Loop otherwise. Photo taken 04/05/08.
Scenes pertaining to Osceola Parkway (Osceola County 522)
Michigan Avenue, former Osceola County 531, northbound at Osceola Parkway (Osceola County 522). Michigan Avenue ends opposite the entrance to Gateway Commons shopping center. Note the purple guide signs for Disney World and Orlando International Airport (MCO); these signs are standard for Osceola Parkway. Photo taken 08/25/07.
A large signalized intersection joins Michigan Avenue with the six-lane Osceola County 522. Street signs for Osceola Parkway include the sun trailblazer for the toll road. Photo taken 08/25/07.

Page Updated December 2, 2008.