Eastbound - Florida's Turnpike to Interstate 4

Florida 408 Toll east
The eastbound beginning of Florida 408 Toll, after the ramps from Florida's Turnpike combine near the Ocoee city line. Florida 408's first shield lies ahead of the Hempel Avenue overpass. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Downtown Orlando is a ten-mile drive from the East-West Expressway beginning. Florida 408 Toll in conjunction with Florida 50 east through Christmas links the Orlando area with Titusville and the Space Coast. Titusville represents the eastbound control city beyond downtown Orlando. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Florida's Turnpike Authority maintains the short connection Florida 408 Toll connection between the original East-West Expressway spur to Clarke Road and the Turnpike mainline at Gotha. Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority maintains the remainder of the 22-mile long route. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Several mainline toll plazas exist along the East-West Expressway. Drivers pay their first toll at the Hiawassee main line Toll Plaza where passenger vehicles are levied a 50 cent fee. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Nearing the Good Homes Road parclo interchange (Exit 2). Originally Exit 2 consisted of a half-diamond interchange with westbound only access. OOCEA expanded the interchange to provide eastbound access in 2006-07. Photo taken 12/30/06.
A loop ramp carries drivers onto Good Homes Road from Florida 408 East. A toll booth lies at the end of the ramp. Good Homes Road travels north south between parallel Old Winter Garden Road and Florida 50 (Colonial Drive) nearby. Good Homes Road bridges the gap between the split North and South Apopka-Vineland Roads, important area arterials. Photo taken 11/05/06.
All toll plazas along the East-West Expressway feature inner high-speed SunPass only lanes and outer cash paying lanes. The Hiawassee main line Plaza is a short distance east of the Good Homes Road on-ramp. Photo taken 11/05/06.

Florida 408 Toll eastbound reassurance marker posted at Lake Sherwood beyond Exit 2. Waters of Lake Sherwood surround both sides of the toll road. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Two through SunPass lanes are maintained in each direction at the Hiawassee Toll Plaza. All other drivers must veer to the right to traditional toll booths. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Three-quarters of a mile east of the toll plaza is the Exit 4 diamond interchange with Hiawassee Road. Hiawassee Road comprises a busy north-south arterial through older suburbs of west Orlando. The arterial carries the designation of Orange County 435 north of Florida 50 (Colonial Drive). Photo taken 12/30/06.
Dorscher Road passes over Florida 408 Toll at an eastbound mileage sign near the Exit 4 off-ramp. Hiawassee Road ventures south from Exit 4 to Orlo Vista and Turkey Lake before ending at Orange County 439 (Conroy-Windermere Road). Photo taken 11/05/06.
Eastbound at the Exit 4 ramp departure to Hiawassee Road. Orange County 435 (Hiawassee Road) spurs north from Florida 50 (Colonial Drive) to Florida 438 (Silver Star Road). While the county designation ends there and resumes north of Silver State Road via North Apopka-Vineland Road, Hiawassee Road continues as a busy arterial northward to Clarcona and Apopka. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Florida 408 next meets Florida 435 (Kirkman Road) at Pine Hills (Exit 5). Kirkman Road also represents a busy arterial, traveling north-south between Florida 50 (Colonial Drive), Universal Studios, and the Lockheed-Martin Plant. Photo taken 12/30/06.
One half mile west of the Exit 5 diamond interchange with Florida 435 (Kirkman Road). Florida 435 ends nearby at Florida 50 (Colonial Drive) to the north and at Florida 482 (Sand Lake Road) near the International Drive resort area to the south. Photo taken 12/30/06.
As part of the East-West Expressway expansion project, new signs were installed to replace all of the pre-existing assemblies. Pictured here is an older Florida 435 overhead attached to the Powers Drive overpass. Photo taken 11/05/06.
A newer overhead replaced the Powers Drive sign within a month near the Paul Avenue over crossing. An auxiliary lane joins Florida 408 Toll eastbound between Exits 4 and 5. Interests to Pine Hills should use Florida 435 (Kirkman Road) north to Florida 50 (Colonial Drive) east to Pine Hills Road and Valencia Community College West should use Kirkman Road south to Raleigh Street. Photo taken 12/30/06.
A look at the transition in signage for Florida 435 at the Exit 5 off-ramp. Florida 435 heads 4.5 miles south to Vineland Road near Universal Studios and five miles to its interchange with Interstate 4. Florida 435's north end occurs one half miles west of Pine Hills Road. There is no direct access to Pine Hills Road (Exit 6) from eastbound Florida 408 Toll. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Construction of the new Pine Hills main line Toll Plaza replaced the original west Orlando plaza near Exit 8A. This photo was taken just one month prior to the opening of the new facility. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Florida 408 Toll expands to six lanes as it travels through western reaches of Orlando. High-speed SunPass-only lanes now carry six overall through lanes at the Pine Hills main line Toll Plaza.. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Two cash lanes depart Florida 408 Toll for attended booths at the Pine Hills main line Toll Plaza. All passenger vehicles are levied a 75 cent toll. Photo taken 12/30/06.
First indications of the Interstate 4 junction (Exit 10A) are posted just east of the Pine Hills toll plaza. At present Interstate 4 and Florida 408 Toll meet via a traditional turnpike connected with a pair of trumpet interchanges tied together via an access road. Photo taken 12/30/06.
An older version of the 2.5-mile sign for Interstate 4 resides ahead of a newer 0.50-mile overhead for Florida 423 (John Young Parkway). John Young Parkway is the next in a series of busy north-south arterials to connect with Florida 408 Toll. Photo taken 12/30/06.
The replaced Exit 8A overhead for Florida 423 (John Young Parkway) featured a "Pay Toll 50 cents" banner. Toll booths at Exit 8A were removed after the completion of the Pine Hills main line Toll Plaza, since drivers already have paid their fee by this point. Photo taken 11/05/06.
A new westbound overhead awaits installation for the Exit 7 westbound-only off-ramp onto Old Winter Garden Road. Old Winter Garden Road shadows Florida 408 Toll eastward from Ocoee into central Orlando. An eastbound on-ramp provides access from Old Winter Garden Road via Ortman Drive. Photo taken 11/05/06.
A compact diamond interchange joins Florida 423 (John Young Parkway) with Florida 408 Toll at Exit 8A. Florida 423 follows John Young Parkway northward to Fairvilla and U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) near Eatonville. Florida 423 continues east of U.S. 441 along Lee Road to U.S. 17 & 92 (Orlando Avenue). Southward, John Young Parkway carries the sparsely signed Orange County 423 along a busy arterial through south Orlando. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Florida 408 Toll enters the city of Orlando at the Church Street under crossing near the Exit 8B half-diamond interchange with Tampa Avenue. Tampa Avenue travels north-south between Orange Center Boulevard / Gore Street and Florida 50 (Colonial Drive) at Country Lane. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Approaching the former main line toll plaza situated between Exits 8A and 8B on Florida 408 Toll. Demolition crews worked quickly to dismantled the old plaza in the almost two months between photos here. In the process the 0.50-mile sign bridge was replaced and the upcoming exits-sign changed to omit Florida 527 (Orange Avenue) and add 0.25-miles to both the Orange Blossom Trail (OBT) and Interstate 4 exits. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Passing through the former toll plaza. This plaza was removed because it did not provide high-speed SunPass lanes. Drivers were forced to slow down to 25 mph when utilizing the left-two toll lanes, similar to older plazas along the Central Florida Greeneway. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Leaving the former toll plaza site and approaching the Exit 8B off-ramp to Tampa Avenue. North of Exit 8A is the Florida Citrus Bowl. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Exit 8B leaves Florida 408 Toll eastbound for Tampa Avenue. Clear Lake lies at the south end of the street. These photos show the signage replacement. Photos taken 12/30/06 & 11/05/06.
Sailing along Florida 408 Toll eastbound on the approach to Exit 9 for U.S. 17-92-441 (Orange Blossom Trail). OBT comprises an older arterial through the Parramore community of central Orlando nearby, and an auto trail between Orlando and Lake County along U.S. 441. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Passing over Rio Grande Avenue ahead of the Exit 9 diamond interchange with U.S. 17-92-441 (Orange Blossom Trail). U.S. 17 & 92 join U.S. 441 from Colonial Drive (Florida 50) 1.25 miles northward. The trio continues together southward to Kissimmee in Osceola County. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Exit 9 carries motorists to U.S. 17-92-441 (Orange Blossom Trail) from Florida 408 Toll east. OBT travels south through the Rio Grande Terrace neighborhood to junction Interstate 4 in 1.5 miles. Northward, U.S. 17 & 92 follow Colonial Drive to Orange Avenue and Winter Park; U.S. 441 continues along OBT through Apopka to Mount Dora. Photo taken 11/05/06.
A short distance east of Exit 9 is the Exit 10A trumpet interchange to Interstate 4. All movements to Interstate 4 depart in unison at present, but construction is underway on a direct ramp between Florida 408 Toll east and Interstate 4 east. The new ramp is part of the first phase of the overall project to built a high-speed stack interchange between the two downtown Orlando area freeways. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Florida 408 Toll maintains six overall lanes through the trumpet interchange to Interstate 4 (Exit 10A). Interstate 4 represents the only non-tolled freeway in the Orlando metropolitan area. It provides the main link between Orlando and Interstate 95 at Daytona Beach for the many tourists that drive southward from the Northeast. Thus it is a very busy road and constantly in a state of expansion or impending expansion. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Eastbound at the Exit 10A off-ramp to Interstate 4. Interstate 4 straddles western reaches of the Orlando central business district en route to Winter Park, Eatonville, Altamonte Springs, and Lake Mary. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Motorists traveling along the Exit 10A ramp head south from the East-West Expressway to a second trumpet interchange with the Interstate 4 mainline. The eastbound loop ramp will soon be replaced with a more direct connection. In the meantime Interstate 4 east travels underneath Florida 408 Toll to Colonial Drive (U.S. 17-92 & Florida 50); interests to downtown Orlando should not use Interstate 4 east, as the on-ramp joins the freeway beyond the downtown exit. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Interstate 4 shields posted at the Exit 10A ramp partition to Interstate 4 east and west. Westbound Interstate 4 traveler south one half mile to Kaley Street and 1.5 miles to junction OBT. Beyond Orlando, the freeway serves Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, Lakeland, and long-distance travelers bound for Tampa and St. Petersburg. Photo taken 12/30/06.

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