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Daniel Webster Western Beltway - North

Florida 429 Toll north
A tri-level stack interchange joins the Western Beltway south end with Interstate 4 at Exit 60. The stack lies just west of the Osceola County 545 (Old Lake Wilson Road) overpass of Interstate 4. Florida 429 Toll provides a western bypass route of Walt Disney World and the traffic chaos of Interstate 4 to downtown Orlando in conjunction with connections to Florida's Turnpike and Florida 408 Toll (East-West Expressway). Photo taken 12/30/06.
Passing high over the congested Interstate 4 on Florida 429 Toll northbound. Looking west, Traditions Boulevard spans Interstate 4 between golf course communities. Traffic slows on eastbound because of nearby construction of the Interstate 4 interchange with U.S. 192. Photo taken 12/30/06.
On-ramps from Interstate 4 converge to form the northbound carriageway of Florida 429 Toll (Daniel Webster Western Beltway). Photo taken 12/30/06.
Shortly after its beginning, Florida 429 Toll meets Sinclair Road at the Exit 1A diamond interchange at Indian Ridge. Sinclair Road spurs west from Osceola County 545 (Old Lake Wilson Road) to Traditions Boulevard. Photo taken 12/30/06.
First Florida 429 Toll shield posted along the Western Beltway northbound. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Exit 1A (Sinclair Road) was not quite complete at the time of this photography. Sinclair Road provides connections to Osceola County 545 north to U.S. 192 at the Disney World commercial strip. A northbound side frontage road travels from Exit 1A north to become Sand Hill Road en route to nearby subdivisions. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Signs in the queue for installation along Florida 429 Toll southbound. Photo taken 12/30/06.

Continuing north along Florida 429 Toll; Sand Hill Road parallels to the right. New subdivisions line both sides of the toll road between Sand Hill Road and Funie Steed Road. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Florida 429 Toll meets the Florida's Turnpike mainline in 19 miles and junction U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) at Apopka in 30 miles. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Sweeping views of soon-to-be developed land and graceful retention ponds are a common theme along the Western Beltway. Photo taken 12/30/06.
U.S. 192 (Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway) and Florida 429 Toll come together at the Exit 6 interchange along the Osceola and Orange County line. U.S. 192 serves the Disney World commercial strip eastward from the county line to Kissimmee, and is not a good through route to the Osceola County seat because of the heavy development. Westward the federal highway serves growing residential areas of Four Corners, the point where Orange, Osceola, Polk, and Lake Counties come together. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Florida 429 Toll passes over Funie Steed Road one half mile south of the U.S. 192 (Exit 6) off-ramp. U.S. 192 ends 3.5 miles west at junction U.S. 27. Orange County 545 (Avalon Boulevard) stems north from U.S. 192, two miles west of the Beltway, through undeveloped lands between the county line and Beltway Exit 11. Eastward the highway curves away from the county line to junction Osceola County 545 (Old Lake Wilson Road). Photo taken 12/30/06.
Northbound at the Exit 6 ramp departure to U.S. 192 (Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway). U.S. 192 provides access to the Walt Disney World resort complex via World Drive in three miles. The busy highway continues east to junction Interstate 4 near Celebration and ultimately junction U.S. 17-92-441 at Kissimmee. Photo taken 12/30/06.
The first mainline toll plaza of the Western Beltway lies one mile north of the Osceola County line. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Leaving the Exit 6 diamond interchange with U.S. 192 (Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway) on Florida 429 Toll northbound. All but the southernmost mileage of the Daniel Webster Western Beltway was opened by December of 2005. Opening of the Osceola County portion of freeway occurred on December 5, 2006. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Approaching the first mainline toll plaza of Florida 429 Toll northbound near Bay Lake. The newest toll plazas in Florida feature open road tolling on the freeway mainline, with cash paying customers using conventional toll booths on the outside lanes. Oklahoma and its Pike Pass system were one of the firsts to implement such a concept. Photo taken 12/30/06.
The open road tolling lanes of the mainline plaza near U.S. 192 was not quite ready at the time of this photograph. Pictured here is the toll schedule sign and the two conventional toll booths. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Completed and open electronic tolling apparatus on Florida 429 Toll northbound at the Orange Lake area toll plaza. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Built to meet the Western Beltway, Western Way provides access to the Walt Disney World resort area east of Florida 429 Toll. Western Way meanders east to Bear Island Road and West Buena Vista Drive at the Coronado Springs Resort and Conference Center. Exit 8 opened to traffic in early 2006. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Drawing to within one-quarter mile of the Exit 8 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Western Way. Western Way ends nearby at Hartzog Road, a north-south road straddling Lake Britt. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Florida 429 Toll northbound at the Exit 8 ramp departure to Western Way and Hartzog Road. Hartzog Road overall comprises a loop east from Orange County 545 (Avalon Road) to Western Way and Bay Lake. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Continuing north from the Exit 8 interchange on Florida 429 Toll. The Western Beltway skims the western reaches of Bay Lake's city limits here. This site is the future home of the large Western Gateway mixed-used development. Bay Lake is one of two incorporated cities operated by the Walt Disney Corporation. Hartzog Road is visible paralleling the southbound lanes nearby. Photo taken 11/05/06.
The two main junctions along Florida 429 Toll northbound are with Florida's Turnpike at Ocoee and U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) at Apopka. Mileage signs reference the two crossings along the mainline. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Seidel Road meets the Western Beltway at the Exit 11 diamond interchange northwest of Bay Lake. The west-east road joins Florida 429 Toll with Orange County 545 (Avalon Road) and Lake Hancock Road. Horizon West, a large residential community planned for the area, will see its Town Center located off Seidel Road in the near future. Photo taken 11/05/06.
One half mile south of the Exit 11 off-ramp to Seidel Road. Seidel Road ends at Orange County 545 (Avalon Road) just west of the tollway. Orange County 545 enters the area from U.S. 192 and the Osceola County line. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Northbound at the Exit 11 ramp departure to Seidel Road. Seidel Road becomes Lake Hancock Road at Huckleberry Lake one mile east of Florida 429 Toll. Lake Hancock Road proceeds northeast to Porter and Reams Roads near Summerport. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Florida's Turnpike Authority and the Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority split the costs of constructing the Daniel Webster Western Beltway. Therefore Florida's Turnpike maintains the southern half and OOCEA maintains the northern half. Photo taken 11/05/06.
A second mileage sign lists the distances to Florida's Turnpike (mainline) and Apopka (junction U.S. 441). An additional mileage sign refers to the control cities of Ocoee (junction Florida 438 east) and Winter Garden (junction Florida 50 west), incorporated cities of the west Orlando suburbs. Photos taken 11/05/06.
Northbound at the future Exit 13 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Schofield Road. Areas surrounding Schofield Road, Exits 11, and Exit 15 are a part of the Horizon West development project. 17,272 residential units are planned to join the existing 2,500 residents already calling the area home (as of July 2004)1. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Leaving the future Exit 13 interchange on Florida 429 Toll. Schofield Road as it stands heads west from Avalon Road (Orange County 545) to the Lake County line. West from there, Schofield Road extends as Shell Pond Road to junction U.S. 27. Budgeting for the new exit will fund the project for completion between 2008 and 2012. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Exit 15 provides access to the northern reaches of New Horizon and the Independence subdivision at Lakes Hancock and Speer. Intersecting the toll road here is Independence Parkway. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Florida 429 Toll (Western Beltway) northbound on the approach to the Exit 15 diamond interchange with New Independence Parkway. New Independence Parkway ends at Orange County 545 (Avalon Road) one half mile to the west. To the east, the parkway meets Schoolhouse Pond Road, which leads to the Village of Bridgewater, in 0.8 miles. Photo taken 11/05/06.
An auxiliary sign mentions the connection to Orange County 545 (Avalon Road). Avalon Road carries the county road north from U.S. 192 to Lake Avalon, Tildenville, and Winter Garden. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Drivers bound for north Horizon West leave Florida 429 Toll northbound at Exit 15. New Independence Parkway meanders between Lakes Hancock and Speer to Ficquette Road south of Summerport. New Independence Parkway replaced McKinney Road when it was built. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Florida 429 Toll (Western Beltway) presses northeast toward the Malcolm Road over crossing and the Independence main line toll plaza. Malcolm Road will serve the northern most reaches of New Horizon upon its completion. Photos taken 11/05/06.
Approaching the Independence main line toll plaza on the Western Beltway northbound. Signs feature the E-Pass system in lieu of Sunpass because they are an older installation. Sunpass account holders may use any E-Pass system nowadays, so both logos are now featured on signs. E-Pass is the OOCEA electronic prepaid toll system otherwise. Photos taken 11/05/06.
Leaving the Independence Toll Plaza, Florida 429 Toll passes over Tiny Road, another feeder roadway leading to Horizon West. The OOCEA Expressway Authority logo joins the mainline reassurance assembly intermittently along area toll roads. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Northbound mileage sign posted after the Tilden Road underpass on the extreme outskirts of Winter Garden. Homes from the Emerald Ridge subdivision line up against the four-lane toll road between Tilden Road and Stonybrook West Parkway. Photo taken 11/05/06.
The next northbound interchange joins the Western Beltway with Orange County 535 (Winter Garden Vineland road) at Exit 19. Orange County 535 serves the Tildenville, Winter Garden and Summerport areas. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Florida 429 Toll curves northeast between residential subdivisions of south Winter Garden and the unincorporated Beulah. Orange County 535 (Winter Garden Vineland Road) travels overall northward from Lake Buena Vista and the Disney area to Summerport and Winter Garden. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Stoneybrook Parkway enters the scene from Orange County 545 (Avalon Road) to form Western Beltway frontage roads in the vicinity of Exit 19. In fact the parkway facilitates the movements to Orange County 535 in both directions. Further east, Stoneybrook Parkway transitions into Reaves Road en route to Windermere and Roberson Roads. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Exit 19 departs Florida 429 Toll northbound for Stoneybrook Parkway East and Orange county 535 (Winter Garden Vineland Road). Winter Garden Vineland Road carries the county road north to junction Florida 50. Use Orange County 535 south to Summerport, Lake Butler, and Windermere via Lake Butler Boulevard east. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Western Beltway travelers continue north two miles to the stack interchange with the Florida's Turnpike mainline (Exit 22). Florida's Turnpike, Florida's first toll road, joins greater Orlando with Interstate 75 near Ocala to the north and Miami metro to the south. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Florida 429 Toll curves back north on the approach to Exit 22 with Florida's Turnpike. Florida's Turnpike and the Western Beltway meet adjacent to their respective interchanges with Florida 50 (West Colonial Drive). Sweeping flyovers facilitate the movements between the two freeways otherwise. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Motorists destined for downtown Orlando and points east should use Florida's Turnpike southbound for its connection with the Holland East-West Expressway (Florida 408 Toll). Florida 408 Toll begins at the interchange east of Florida 50 on Florida's Turnpike mainline and ventures east to central Orlando and ultimately to Florida 50 west of Christmas and Titusville. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Florida 50 (Exit 23) appears for the first time on Florida 429 Toll northbound signage at the half-mile sign bridge for Exit 22. Florida 50 parallels Florida's Turnpike west from the Western Beltway to Winter Garden and Oakland. Eastward, Colonial Drive shadows Florida 408 Toll into the city of Orlando. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Long distance interests to Interstate 4 should use Florida's Turnpike east from Florida 429 north. Florida 408 Toll provides a connection to Interstate 4 east for Seminole County and Daytona Beach for west Orlando interests. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Traffic to Florida's Turnpike departs the Western Beltway in unison. The northernmost reaches of the turnpike mainline do not use the ticketed toll system. Therefore drivers joining the turnpike here do not stop at Exit 22 toll booths. Photo taken 12/30/06.
A second sign reminds motorists to use Florida's Turnpike south for Florida 408 Toll east. Florida 408 Toll splits from the turnpike mainline in two miles. Downtown Orlando and junction Interstate 4 lie 12 miles to the east. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Parting shot of the Exit 22 ramp split between interests north to Interstate 75, Ocala, Gainesville, and Atlanta and those south to West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and the Florida Keys. Photo taken 12/30/06.
Exit 23 consists of a diamond interchange with Florida 50 (West Colonial Drive). Colonial Drive constitutes a busy east-west arterial through older areas of Orlando, Ocoee, Winter Garden, and Oakland. Florida 408 Toll was built as a bypass for the road in 1971 because of heavy traffic concerns. Colonial Drive remains a busy road even with the toll road. Photo taken 11/05/06.
The largest and most complex stack interchange in central Florida facilitates the movements between Florida's Turnpike and Florida 429 Toll (Western Beltway). Western Beltway drivers cross over the Turnpike mainline on the second level of the high-speed interchange. Photos taken 11/05/06.
Exit 23 leaves Florida 429 Toll from within the Exit 22 stack interchange. Florida 50 heads west from the Western Beltway into Winter Garden and east into Ocoee. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Florida 438 intersects Florida 429 Toll at Exit 24 on the Winter Garden and Ocoee City line. The state road follows Plant Street through Winter Garden and Franklin Street in Ocoee. Photo taken 11/05/06.
An auxiliary guide sign confirms the cities of destination along Florida 438. Florida 438 follows Plant Street west 1.5 miles to its terminus at junction Florida 537 (Dillard Street). Plant Street continues west from there to the intersection of Avalon Road and Oakland Avenue at Oakland. Photo taken 11/05/06.
A two-lane off-ramp serves Florida 438 (Plant Street west / Franklin Street east) at Exit 24. Florida 438 continues east from Florida 429 Toll a short distance to junction Florida 437 (Ocoee-Apopka Road) at H.M. Bowness Road. Downtown Ocoee lies east of there. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Northbound at the Exit 24 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Florida 438 (Plant Street west / Franklin Street east). Florida 438 continues east through Ocoee via Silver Star Road. Silver Star Road comprises a busy surface arterial between Ocoee, Pine Hills, and Orlando. Florida 438 ends at junction U.S. 441 via Princeton Street. Photo taken 11/05/06.
A new sign bridge awaits installation over the Florida 429 Toll southbound lanes near Exit 24. Photo taken 11/05/06.
West Road provides the connection to Florida 437 (Ocoee-Apopka Road) and Clarcona-Ocoee Road from Florida 429 Toll via Exit 26. Clarcona-Ocoee Road stems east from West Road's intersection with Lakewood Avenue to junction Orange County 435 (North Apopka-Vineland Road) at the community of Clarcona. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Florida 429 Toll meanders east through north Ocoee on the approach to the Exit 26 diamond interchange with West Road. An auxiliary guide sign posted at the Fullers Cross Road under crossing mentions the West Road connection with Florida 437 (Ocoee-Apopka Road). The FDOT Road Log refers to Ocoee-Apopka Road as State Road 437 in contradiction to Exit 26 signs which refer to Orange County 437. Photo taken 11/05/06.
One-half mile southwest of the Exit 26 off-ramp to West Road. West Road becomes Lakewood Avenue at its intersection with Clarcona-Ocoee Road). Lakewood Avenue heads south to Wurst Road and Bluford Avenue at downtown Ocoee. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Exit 26 departs Florida 429 (Western Beltway) northbound for West Road. West Road ends at Florida 437 (Ocoee-Apopka Road) nearby. Florida 437 heads north from Ocoee (Florida 438) to Fullers Cross Road, West Road and junction Orange County 437A at the Apopka city line. The state road ends at U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) at Plymouth in Apopka. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Advance notice is given for the Forest Lake main line toll plaza within the Exit 26 interchange. This is the final toll plaza along Florida 429 Toll northbound at the present time. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Like other modernized toll plazas in the state of Florida, the Forest Lake plaza includes high-speed lanes for Sunpass and Epass holders, and outer lanes serving cash paying customers via conventional toll booths. Photos taken 11/05/06.
Aforementioned Orange County 437A continues Ocoee-Apopka Road north from its split with Florida 437 to Michael Gladden Boulevard in downtown Apopka. The county road meets Florida 429 Toll at the Exit 30 half-diamond interchange. This interchange will eventually be closed and replaced with a new diamond interchange at Ococee-Apopka Road south of its intersection with Keene Road. Photo taken 11/05/06.
The Western Beltway passes over Ocoee-Apopka Road once before the Exit 30 interchange with Orange County 437A. A new interchange will be built here to replace the current Exit 30 as Florida 429 Toll will realign to the west joining Florida 414 Toll (John Land Apopka Expressway). Ocoee-Apopka Road otherwise intersects Keene Road at Medicine Lake to the south and Boy Scout Road at Lake Fuller to the north. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Northbound at the Exit 30 ramp departure to Orange County 437A (Ocoee-Apopka Road). Orange County 437A continues north parallel to Florida 429 Toll to Michael Gladden Boulevard and Central Avenue in downtown Apopka. The county road ends at U.S. 441 (Main Avenue). Florida 429 Toll's segment from the Exit 30 off-ramp northward one-half mile will be demolished for a new alignment to the west and interchanges with Florida 414 Toll. Florida 429 Toll north of the future Florida 414 Toll freeway will be renumbered Florida 451 Toll upon completion of the John Land Apopka Expressway. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Two miles south of the Exit 33 half-diamond interchange with U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) on Florida 429 Toll north. Future Florida 414 Toll (John Land Apopka Expressway) will meet the Western Beltway just northwest of current Exit 30. A new directional interchange will join the two highways to the west and a second stacked interchange will join Florida 414 Toll and the original Florida 429 Toll (renumbered Florida 451 Toll) northeast of the existing Exit 30. Florida 414 Toll west & 429 Toll north will provide a route to U.S. 441 and Mt. Dora; eastward Florida 414 Toll will continue to U.S. 441 at Lockhart. The first of three phases involved with Florida 414 Toll, the John Land Expressway mainline between the Western Beltway and Lockhart, is slated for completion by 2009. Photo taken 11/05/06.
At present Exit 33 represents the last interchange along Florida 429 Toll northbound. The remainder of the Western Beltway between U.S. 441 at Apopka and Interstate 4 at Florida 417 Toll, dubbed the Wekiva Parkway, is unconstructed pending corridor approval. Recent developments on the project (Winter 2007) shift the corridor westward from Exit 33 to the Apopka Expressway planned end at U.S. 441 near Plymouth.The shift westward is why Florida 429 Toll will relocate onto a shared alignment with Florida 414 Toll and why Florida 429 north of Exit 30 will be renumbered Florida 451 Toll. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Motorists destined for the Apopka neighborhood of Plymouth and the Lake County town of Mount Dora should use U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) northbound from Florida 429 Toll's end. John's Road passes over the Western Beltway in this scene. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Drawing to within one half mile of the Exit 33 off-ramp to U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) on Florida 429 Toll northbound. U.S. 441 follows the Orange Blossom Trail southward from Mount Dora to Apopka, Piedmont, Lockhart, and Orlando. Photo taken 11/05/06.
Expressway ends sign posted ahead of the Marshall Lake Road under crossing on Florida 429 Toll northbound. The expressway's future is uncertain at the present time, and the end at U.S. 441 may well be permanent. Photo taken 11/05/06.
All Florida 429 Toll northbound traffic departs in unison for U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) at Exit 33. Two sets of barricades reinforce the fact that the roadway does not continue any further. Photos taken 11/05/06.
Drivers partition into turn lanes for U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) northbound to Plymouth and Mt. Dora and U.S. 441 southbound to downtown Apopka. U.S. 441 north meets Florida 437 (Orange Avenue) in two miles at Plymouth. Downtown lies one mile to the southeast at junction Orange County 437A (Central Avenue). and Orange County 435 (Park Avenue). Photo taken 11/05/06.
Oops! Florida 441 shields partition drivers in place of U.S. 441 shields at the Exit 33 ramp end. Photo taken 11/05/06.

Sources:

  1. "Horizon West F.A.Q.," Orange County Government

Page Updated June 12, 2007.