New Independence Parkway

Preliminary Design Study


Orange County has initiated a Preliminary Design study (PDS) in west Orange County to extend New Independence Parkway from Avalon Road (CR 545) to the Lake County line in order to align with Lake County’s planned road from US 27 called Wellness Way. The extending of New Independence Parkway is being planned as a four-lane divided roadway with pedestrian and bicycle facilities, stormwater treatment, roadway lighting and landscaping within the study corridor. The study limits of this project are from approximately 600 feet west of Avalon Road to the Orange/Lake County line, a distance of approximately 1 mile.


The purpose of extending New Independence Parkway is to support increased traffic demands due to the future developments within Orange County’s Horizon West and Lake County’s Wellness Way Sector Plan.


This study is underway and it is anticipated to be completed Fall of 2022 complete.

Public Involvement

A Public Involvement Plan (PIP) was developed to inform and involve the citizens of Orange and Lake Counties, appropriate state and local agencies, and responsible appointed and elected public officials in the project planning, review and approval process. At the point where alternative roadway concepts are developed, Orange County will conduct a community meeting to receive feedback from area citizens. This meeting will be followed up by a public hearing with Orange County’s Local Planning Agency and the Board of County Commissioners.

A Public Hearing has been scheduled to present the Preliminary Design Study to the LPA on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at the Orange County Administration Center, located at 201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando, Florida beginning at 9 a.m. or shortly thereafter. The meeting will include a presentation of study findings and recommendations. The public will have opportunities to ask questions and provide input to the Orange County Board and project representatives.

Hearing is also available on Orange TV.

Contact Us

Ian Phyars, Project Manager
Transportation Planning Division
Orange County Planning, Environmental and
Development Services (PEDS) Department
4200 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32839

Phone: 407-836-8075
Fax: 407-836-8079

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