Florida working to alleviate truck parking shortages

Florida – The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law could help address truck parking shortages in Florida by improving safety and quality of life for truck drivers. 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) proposes five new truck stops near Interstate 4 in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. According to FDOT officials, the state needs 481 truck locations and only 36 are currently available. Expected demand could drive that number closer to 750 by 2025. 

One of the five locations, Seminole County I-4 at US 17/92, begins construction in 2026 with a $60 million budget. The 18-acre site will create 132 new truck parking spaces near Sanford. 

The other four proposed locations include: 

  • Eastbound I-4 in Volusia County: Design will start in 2024 for the 73-acre location. It would create 275 truck spaces. 
  • Westbound I-4 in Volusia County: The westbound site is slated for design in 2024, with right of way in 2030 or 2031. The 116.8-acre site would make room for 253 truck parking spaces. 
  • Osceola-Polk Line Road and Poinciana Parkway Extension: This Osceola County location would add 234 spaces. Design is proposed to start in 2025, with right-of-way in 2028 or 2029. 
  • Orange Sand Lake Road at John Young Parkway: The site, with 109 spaces on just over 20 acres, would be located near Florida’s Turnpike. A timeline for the design is pending.

FDOT officials are seeking Federal Highway Administration Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant funds for truck sites Volusia, Osceola and Seminole counties. 

FDOT has secured federal funding for a 120-parking spot project in Hillsborough County. An INFRA grant of $15 million helped fund that project in 2022. It is currently in the design phase, and construction is expected to start in 2025. 

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