Toll plaza at Orlando airport gets $42m makeover

August 25, 2012 by  

The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority announced during the week that it will be spending $42 million to renovate a busy toll plaza near the Orlando International Airport on the Beachline Expressway. The Authority has no doubt been using poster printing and flyer printing to make commuters in the area, as well as those who travel to the airport, aware of the renovations so that they can plan ahead and allow for more travel time in getting to their destinations.

The work is expected to begin in October and to take two years, with the plan being to realign a frontage road, utility lines, and lights on the runways.

This project is in addition to another one that the Authority began in May, which involved improving an interchange with State Road 417 and Boggy Creek, just a mile south of the Airport, and was expected to cost $70 million. This will bring the total to $112 million that the Agency is spending to improve the main north and south gateways into Orlando International Airport, via which 35 million passengers fly every year.

One of the features that will be added to the Beachline airport plaza is open-road tolling, as it is the only plaza in the entire expressway system of 105 miles that does not have this feature. This will allow cars with transponders to travel through the plaza without having to slow down or fit into a single lane, which will hopefully ease traffic congestion in the long term.