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Holland East-West Expressway

Constructed from 1967 to 1971, the Holland East-West Expressway opened first as a bypass for Florida 50 (Colonial Drive). It originally ran from a point west of SR 435 (Kirkman Road) to SR 50 west of Union Park (where SR 417 currently meets Colonial Drive). Extensions lengthened SR 408 east to Rouse Road in May 1989 and SR 50, east of Alafaya in June 1989. The western extension opened October 1990, bringing SR 408 west to SR 50 at Ocoee. The connector with Florida's Turnpike at Gotha followed in August 2006.

Much of the East West Expressway has an urban feel, as the freeway passes through dense built-up areas within the Orlando city limits. Increases in traffic due in part to the aggressive growth of the greater Orlando area necessitated expansion and modernization of the 1970s roadway. New high speed toll lanes, increased capacity, and new highway lighting were parts of an overall widening program undertaken along SR 408 between 2003 and 2013.

Florida 408 Toll Highway Guides

Scenes Pertaining to Florida 408 Toll
Unsigned Florida 4080 comprises the short connector between Florida 408 Toll (Holland East-West Expressway) and Florida 417 Toll (Central Florida Greeneway) near Union Park. The connector facilitates the movements from Florida 408 Toll east to Florida 417 Toll north and Florida 417 Toll south to Florida 408 west. Midway between the partial "Y" interchange ends is a diamond interchange (Exit 1) with Valencia College Lane. Valencia College Lane constitutes a local east-west through route between Florida 551 (Goldenrod Road) and Econlockhatchee Trail. Photo taken 11/06/06.
Interstate 4 and Florida 408 Toll trailblazers posted on Michigan Avenue eastbound at Orange Blossom Trail (U.S. 17-92-441). Florida 408 Toll's sign includes "Formerly East-West Expressway". Before Florida 408 Toll was designated, the East-West Expressway was an unnumbered route that included blue and orange trailblazers featuring an orange. Photo taken 01/13/04.
Aesthetic features of the Florida 408 Toll reconstruction and expansion project include landscaping, new light fixtures, stepped sound barrier walls, and decorative panels and post caps, such as the two pictured here at Orange Blossom Trail. Photos taken 11/05/06.
A typical ramp toll booth configuration at the U.S. 17-92-441 (Orange Blossom Trail) eastbound on-ramp to Florida 408 Toll. Photo taken 11/05/06.

Pictured here is the Anderson Street intersection with Mills Avenue (Florida 15). Anderson Street shadows Florida 408 Toll eastbound from Rosalind Avenue south of Downtown Orlando to Lake Underhill. Ramps join the East-West Expressway with Anderson Street at Mills Avenue (Florida 15) at Exit 11B. Florida 15 follows Mills Avenue south to the one-way street couplet of Anderson and South Streets. Anderson Street carries Florida 15 south eastward to Lake Underhill Road. Photo taken 12/29/05.
A closer look at the Florida 408 eastbound trailblazer on Anderson Street east at Mills Avenue. The westbound trailblazer was removed because OOCEA permanently closed the Mills Avenue westbound on-ramp. Travelers destined for Florida 408 West must now continue along Anderson Street east to Bumby Avenue and access the South Street westbound on-ramp from there. Photo taken 12/29/05.
South Street (Florida 15 north) at the Bumby Avenue on-ramp to Florida 408 Toll westbound. Florida 15 north remains on South Street west to Mills Avenue north; South Street continues along the East-West Expressway westbound lanes through to Rosalind Avenue. Photo taken 12/29/05.

Page Updated July 7, 2014.