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MAY 2020 | ISSUE 63
COVID-19 UPDATE
The COVID-19 pandemic shines a spotlight on everyone’s need for a safe, reliable mobility network. The Central Florida Expressway Authority’s (CFX) 125-mile system serves as a vital link connecting individuals, goods and essential services to communities throughout Central Florida.

As we continue to move forward, CFX is taking the appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of all while minimizing travel disruptions. At the Governing Board meeting held on May 14, CFX Executive Director Laura Kelley shared an overview of the measures CFX has put in place during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more and follow updates on CFX's COVID-19 Updates page.

E-PASS customers are also strongly encouraged to take advantage of digital account management tools:

CFX encourages you to stay informed about further developments as the situation continues to unfold. Follow the CFX website , Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest information.
The CFX Governing Board in its March Board meeting unanimously approved the creation of an Environmental Stewardship Committee. The new committee will assist the CFX Board by providing oversight and guidance for the protection of Central Florida’s natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices.

“Central Florida is growing. We cannot stop growth, but we can mitigate the impacts to the environment. The Wekiva Parkway is a great example of how you can build a major expressway through an environmentally sensitive area while preserving environmentally sensitive lands and features,” said Seminole County Commissioner Brenda Carey, CFX Board Chairman.

In its May Board meeting the Board approved five appointees to the committee, representing the City of Orlando, and Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Brevard counties. The complete committee will also include a representative appointed by Lake County, and up to three citizen appointees nominated by CFX’s governor-appointed Board members.
SR 408 Westbound Mills Ave. Ramp Improvements: CFX will begin work in late May on the westbound SR 408 ramp at Mills Avenue (Exit 11B) leading to downtown Orlando. Plans include widening the ramp to two lanes to improve traffic flow at peak travel times and adding new traffic signals, new pedestrian signals and lighting improvements.

Construction is scheduled to last approximately five months, finishing in the fall. Click here to follow updates on the project.

SR 414 Milling and Resurfacing from Hawthorne Ave. to Orange Blossom Trail: Resurfacing work on this 4.5-mile stretch of SR 414 will begin in June and is expected to last approximately six months.

Follow updates on this project here .
On Monday, May 18, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and I-4 Ultimate crews opened five new SR 408/I-4 Interchange ramps. View an interactive map of the new configuration and click here to read more about the opening.

The opening of the new ramps marked a major milestone as I-4 Ultimate crews continue to make progress along I-4 and SR 408 in downtown Orlando. As closures and detours continue in the area, it is important for motorists to pay extra attention to signage along the corridor as there may be changes to familiar routes. The final ramp in this project, from westbound SR 408 to westbound I-4, is scheduled to open later this summer.

Drivers are encouraged to follow @I4Ultimate on Twitter or visit I4Ultimate.com for updates.
SMART DRIVERS, SAFE WORKERS
CFX urges all drivers to remember construction crews are hard at work preparing CFX roads for your future travel needs. Please stay alert to prevent crashes, fatalities and injuries — keeping both workers and drivers safe. Here's how to drive smart when you enter a work zone:

1. Slow and steady. Speed limits in a work zone are lower for a reason. Easing off the gas helps you stay in control.

2. People watch. Remember you’re in a car and road workers are not. Keep an eye out for people throughout a work zone area.

3. Slide to the left (or right). When emergency, law enforcement, or utility vehicles are stopped on the road, move over or slow down – it’s the law.

4. Go with the flow. During tense times like these, the only thing we can control is how we act and react. Keep your cool and enjoy the ride — we may be apart, but we’re all in this together.

Take a closer look at the importance of smart driving in this video on the 3-Second Rule:
Did you know that E-PASS offers business accounts? With a free E-PASS sticker for every vehicle and dedicated customer support, businesses large and small can keep moving forward while paying the lowest toll rate. Learn more about E-PASS business accounts and how to get started here .
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