State Road 551 (SR 551), locally known as Goldenrod Road and Palmetto Avenue, forms a north–south surface street bypass of Orlando to the east.

State Road 551 marker

State Road 551
Route information
Maintained by FDOT and CFX
Length11.575 mi[1][2] (18.628 km)
8.785 miles (14.138 km) as SR 551[1]
Existed1947–present
Major junctions
South endCargo Road near Orlando
  SR 15 in Orlando
SR 408 in Azalea Park
North end SR 426 at Goldenrod
Highway system
SR 549SR 552

A Central Florida Expressway Authority project known as Goldenrod Road Extension connects to SR 551 just north of SR 15 and extends it south to SR 528 (Beachline Expressway). South of this interchange, the road becomes known as Heintzelman Boulevard and ends south of Orlando International Airport. While SR 551 is maintained by the Florida Department of Transportation, the southern extension is a toll road owned and operated by the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX). A toll is required to drive only the section between State Road 528 and Lee Vista Boulevard; the rest can be driven without paying.

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Route descriptionEdit

The Extension begins at Cargo Road in Orlando International Airport, traveling north for 0.3 miles before an interchange with the five-ramp partial cloverleaf at State Road 528. The next 1.2 miles northward is tolled, with the barrier toll, and then the Extension intersects with Lee Vista Boulevard. North of this intersection, there are median breaks for several more intersections, as the road enters a newly developed area, heading towards Hoffner Avenue (State Road 15). At Hoffner Avenue, the Extension heads towards its northern terminus at Goldenrod Road (State Road 551), continuing north as SR 551. Despite SR 551 using the older Goldenrod Road to reach Hoffner Avenue, the main route between Hoffner Avenue and Goldenrod Road is via the Extension, and so it is signed TO SR 551 from Hoffner Avenue.

From the south end, at Cargo Road, Heintzelman Boulevard continues south around the east side of the airport, including two tunnels under taxiways. South of the airport terminals, it curves west to meet South Access Road, which runs from the airport south to Boggy Creek Road (CR 530) and State Road 417.

The southern extension is not signed a state road number, as it will be given to the City of Orlando once the cost of building the road is paid off, but the Central Florida Expressway Authority's website displays a shield for State Road 551 Toll.[3]

HistoryEdit

SR 15A was assigned on December 5, 1947 along pre-1945 State Road 287. It was defined as beginning at a point on SR 15 in Section 23, T 23 S, R 30 E and running North approximately nine miles to intersection with SR 426 in Section 2, T 22 S, R 30 E.[citation needed] Since then, two changes have been made: the number was changed to SR 551 in the early 1980s, and the northernmost piece was moved from Goldenrod Road to Palmetto Avenue to avoid two curves.[citation needed]

Construction on the southern extension began in 2001.[4] It opened March 12, 2003, with a total cost of $38 million. The Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority, predecessor to the CFX, built the road in partnership with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, and several private developers in the area, in order to get it done quickly.[5]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Orange County.

Locationmi[1][2]kmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0Cargo Road / Heintzelman Boulevard southContinues south
0.30.48   SR 528 to I-4 – Cocoa, Kennedy Space CenterExit 12 on SR 528 (Beachline Expressway)
0.71.1Goldenrod Mainline Toll Plaza
Orlando2.54.0  SR 15 (Hoffner Avenue)
2.9
0.000
4.7
0.000
Beatty DriveSouthern terminus of signed SR 551
2.2403.605  SR 552 west (Curry Ford Road)Eastern terminus of SR 552
Azalea Park3.9436.346Lake Underhill Road (CR 526)
4.0446.508  SR 408 – Titusville, OrlandoExit 16 SR 408 (East-West Expressway)
5.9399.558  SR 50 (Colonial Drive) – Orlando, Titusville
Goldenrod8.78514.138  SR 426 (Aloma Avenue)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Tolled
  •       Route transition

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c FDOT straight line diagrams Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, accessed January 2014
  2. ^ a b Google (June 16, 2019). "Goldenrod Road Extension" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "SR 551 (Goldenrod Road)". Central Florida Expressway Authority. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Expressway Navigator, summer 2001 Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine (PDF)
  5. ^ Expressway Navigator, summer 2003 Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine (PDF)

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