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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. —
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An unusually high number of road projects are underway in Osceola County, and it's all part of an effort to keep up with the population growth.
WESH 2 told you in July about all the new developments popping up in Osceola County.
Now we have details on the roadways being built to access those properties. And the ones being reconstructed to ease congestion.
In total, more than 21 projects are underway.
"We have a lot of roads getting ready to go under construction,” Tawny Olore, assistant county manager with Osceola County.
Olore says Osceola County has been named one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.
With that, she says, comes the need for new and improved roads.
The nearly two dozen projects being worked on now are at different stages.
"We have streamlined our processes, and we've got a lot of roads going under construction so about five will be advertised in the first quarter of next year,” Olore said. “We've got three more being advertised for consultants in the next month and then we've got two or three more being advertised for design in the next two or three months"
She says typically, it's a seven-year process from planning and design to construction.
- Upgrades to Westside Boulevard, Sinclair Boulevard, 532 and South Poinciana are on the list
- Along with the widening of Simpson Road, Boggy Creek Road, Partin Settlement Road and Neptune
- Others, like Sunbridge Parkway, will be completely new.
Olore says the Florida Turnpike, the Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Florida Department of Transportation also have projects in the works, including a new beltway around the county and a new interchange at the Kissimmee Park Road exit which is where many of the new developments will soon be built.
"It's going to be hard for a little while. But we're working to help the situation,” Olore said.
Olore says funding for the projects is coming from a variety of sources including federal grants, taxes and mobility fees paid by developers.
She says over the next five years, more than $2.5 billion will be going toward transportation improvements.
The Central Florida Expressway plans to build the Southport Connector toll road through the Cypress Parkway continues to create discussion within the community.
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Poinciana Radio Station airs series of Podcasts featuring longtime community leaders answering questions about Southport Connector project.
Starting the weekend of July 9,2022 improvements to I4 Champions Gate Intersection will take place to help with the Poinciana Traffic situation.
This is part of Central Florida plans that include Poinciana Parkway and Southport Connector project to ease the Poinciana traffic congestion problems.
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