Daniel Webster Western Beltway
Florida 429 Toll serves the western reaches of Orange County between Interstate 4 near Disney and U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) outside Apopka. The toll road ends prematurely at Orange Blossom Trail as officials decide the fate of the Western Beltway between Apopka and Interstate 4 near Lake Monroe. To the southwest, Florida 429 Toll joins Interstate 4 at a stack interchange in northern Osceola County. The beltway opens up vast tracts of farm land and open space to development west of Windermere and Disney World. Communities such as Horizon West will follow with suburban expansion in the next several years.
Construction began in Winter 2007 on the Florida 414 Toll (John Land Apopka Expressway) freeway from U.S. 441 at Lockhart to the Western Beltway at Apopka. Further extension of the Apopka Expressway will take Florida 414 Toll northwest from Florida 429 Toll to U.S. 441 in western Apopka near Plymouth. Work on the highway west of the Beltway will occur beyond the 2009-completion of the eastern segment of new freeway. Upon total completion, the Florida 429 Toll designation will relocate onto an overlap with Florida 414 Toll to U.S. 441 awaiting completion of the Wekiva Parkway project.
This map illustrates the planned path of Florida 414 Toll (John Land Apopka Expressway) and the shift of the Florida 429 Toll mainline westward reflecting its eventual path onto the Wekiva Parkway (north of U.S. 441). A four-mile overlap between Florida 414 Toll & 429 Toll provides for a single number for motorists using Florida 414 Toll to bypass U.S. 441 and downtown Apopka. Old Florida 429 Toll north of Florida 414 Toll becomes Florida 451 when the Apopka Expressway is complete. [click map for larger]
The Wekiva Parkway entails the missing link of the Orlando beltway system between Interstate 4 in Seminole County and U.S. 441 at Apopka. Routing of the new toll road is uncertain and contingent on the completion of environmental studies. How the toll road will tie into Interstate 4 to the north is not yet known, but the south end will join the proposed end of the Apopka Expressway. Therefore Florida 429's relocation onto Florida 414 Toll will orphan the northernmost 2.5 miles of original western beltway. This alignment will be redesignated Florida 451 Toll, with the southernmost portion realigned to join Florida 414 and 429 Toll via a pair of directional interchanges.