Florida’s Turnpike Opens New Interchange

Minneola And Clermont Gain New Access To Sunshine State Parkway

A new interchange is slated to open June 10 on the northern leg of Florida’s Turnpike near mile 278, officials with Florida’s Department of Transportation have announced. The new “Minneola Interchange” is already a common site for regular drivers of the turnpike, as lane closures and adjustments have been made over the past year to accommodate construction of the new ramps. The exit number will be 278.

Minneola Interchange, looking west on Hancock Road

An aerial view of the Minneola Interchange on Florida’s Turnpike, taken in March 2017, looking west over the turnpike along Hancock Road. Photo: Florida DOT.

The interchange will be an all-electronic one, which is to say no cash will be accepted at the tolls, which will be collected only on the southbound entrance and northbound exit ramps. Florida’s Turnpike is in the process of converting to an all-electronic system, but completion is still several years away.

The junction will give nearly direct access to the town of Minneola, which sits just west of the turnpike, and north of Clermont, a western suburb of Orlando. Drivers exiting the turnpike will find themselves on Hancock Road in Minneola, with access to Hancock Road, which is being completed to connect towns on the north and east of the turnpike, on the west shore of Lake Apopka, to those on the south and west, including Minneola and Clermont.

The opening of the interchange will be heralded locally with a community celebration by the city of Minneola, as well as a 5K run to honor Christa Deason, and FDOT employee city officials say was instrumental in bringing the interchange project to fruition. Following the run, the ribbon-cutton for the new interchange is expected to happen around 9:30 a.m., at which time the ramps will be opened for traffic.

A satellite view of the new Minneola Interchange, from Google Earth, taken on March 17, 2017, shows the entrance and exit ramps nearly complete, with the electronic toll gantries already installed on the northbound exit ramp and southbound entrance ramp. Photo: Google Earth.

The cost of the project was funded in part by private developers, including Family Dynamics Land Company, LLC, which donated all the land for the project, and Minneola Mountain Properties Community Redevelopment Area, which raised funds for the construction of the interchange, itself, according to the FDOT.

The completion of Hancock Road, which was an integral part of the interchange project, was funded by both Family Dynamics and by the government of Lake County, where the interchange is located.

Gas Price Report For June 5, 2017

Gas price trend for week of June 5, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The nation’s average price of gas went up nearly a penny per gallon during the past week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A. weekly fuel price survey shows the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded increased by about eight-tenths of a penny. However, due to rounding, the average gas price remained unchanged at $2.41 per gallon, despite the increase.

Regional price averages were mixed nationwide, according to the weekly survey. The West Coast region, the where prices are the highest, enjoyed a slight decline in prices. The Gulf Coast, where prices are the cheapest, saw prices at the pump go up slightly.

The E.I.A. report had better news for truckers this week, as prices went down in nearly all regions or, at the worst, barely moved upward. Nationwide, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel is $2.56, down from $2.57 last week.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.942: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.662: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.455: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.400: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.431: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.346: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.322: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.249: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.171: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.836: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.744: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.664: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.624: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.599: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.505: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.490: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.417: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For May 29*, 2017

*Memorial Day on May 29. Report released May 30, 2017.

Gas price trend for week of May 29, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas ticked up nationwide to about $2.41 per gallon of regular unleaded, according to the weekly fuel price report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, the price increase was less than a penny per gallon, a welcome break after a much higher increase the previous week.

Nonetheless, some regional price averages advanced at a much greater pace than the national average, according to the E.I.A. The broad West Coast region, for instance, saw prices lurch forward nearly three cents per gallon, with that region’s price average flirting with a $3.00 per gallon price point. The region is heavily influenced by prices in California, where drivers have been paying in excess of $3.00 for most of May, according to the weekly report.

The E.I.A. report had bad news for truckers and diesel-car owners, as the average price of diesel surged over three cents on the week. The national average now stands at $2.57 per gallon.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.959: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.668: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.466: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.410: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.422: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.341: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.301: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.227: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.155: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.843: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.751: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.661: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.622: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.608: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.512: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.505: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.423: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Alligator Alley To Remain Open While Winds Cooperate

Alligator Alley signA dispatcher with the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed this evening there are no plans to close Alligator Alley tonight. Alligator Alley comprises a section of Interstate 75 in Florida, connecting the east coast and west coast at the south end of the peninsula. The trooper told TurnpikeInfo.com that winds had shifted direction, making for more favorable driving conditions.

Smoke from nearby wildfires, in the Everglades, forced the FHP to close Alligator Alley Monday night around 6 p.m. The roadway was open again this morning.

Severe wildfires have forced the closure of Alligator Alley in the past, including a spate of closures in the spring of 2009 that impacted drivers for about a week.

Wildfires Force Closure Of Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley signA dispatcher with the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed this afternoon Alligator Alley in Florida, which connects the east coast and west coast at the south end of the peninsula, will close indefinitely this evening due to wildfires in the Florida Everglades. The trooper was unable to confirm the duration of the closure, and said the situation remained “fluid”.

Alligator Alley has been closed at times in the past due to wildfires. In the spring of 2009, the roadway was closed intermittently for over a week due to extreme smoke and reduced visibility.

The current closure was due to happen around 6 p.m. on Memorial Day, with no word from officials of when the roadway would reopen.

Gas Price Report For May 22, 2017

Gas price trend for week of May 22, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Just as throngs of American drivers prepare to hit the road for Memorial Day, gas prices performed a dramatic about-face and rose three cents per gallon on the week, according to the latest weekly price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The nation’s average gas price is now $2.40 per gallon, lead by sharp increases in prices in California, and across the Midwest and New England.

The price of diesel dropped, although only slightly, according to  the E.I.A. report. The nation’s average diesel driver paid about a half-penny less for fuel this week, although  the drop was not enough to move the needle on the average pricing. That figure remains $2.54 per gallon for a consecutive week.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.933: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.656: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.442: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.393: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.381: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.327: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.315: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.221: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.149: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.828: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.733: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.629: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.626: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.588: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.479: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.468: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.384: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For May 15, 2017

Gas price trend for week of May 15, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The nation’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas barely budged this week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Most regional price averages declined on the week, according to the weekly E.I.A. district survey, but there was a penny per gallon increase across California, and a stiff increase of nearly four cents per gallon in the volatile Midwest region. That kept the national average price decline in check, at a mere third of a penny per gallon. As a consequence, the nation’s average gas price held this week at $2.37 per gallon.

The price of diesel dropped over two cents per gallon, however, according to the E.I.A. report. That price decline was fairly evenly met across most regions, although California enjoyed a bigger price dip. Nationally, the E.I.A. reports the cost of diesel is now $2.54 per gallon.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.872: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.643: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.437: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.384: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.367: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.320: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.268: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.218: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.129: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.824: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.737: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.626: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.626: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.595: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.488: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.479: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.382: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For May 8, 2017

Gas price trend for week of May 8, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas gave ground again this week for drivers, pushing downward in a second weekly decline that neared four cents per gallon, according to the weekly fuel price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A. report shows the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is now $2.37.

The needle did not move so much for most truckers, according to the E.I.A. survey, although diesel prices did tick down on the week. Nationwide, the cost of diesel now averages about $2.57, after dipping about a penny and a half in price, on average, during the past seven days.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.863: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.651: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.460: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.393: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.384: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.348: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.253: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.232: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.168: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.846: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.753: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.651: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.642: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.612: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.507: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.497: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.410: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For May 1, 2017

Gas price trend for week of May 1, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Gas prices started the month of May with a price drop, the first in several weeks, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded fell nearly four cents, according to the E.I.A., to start May at $2.41. That relief impacted drivers in all regions this week, as reported in the weekly E.I.A. price survey, with the Midwest and Lower Atlantic states enjoying the larges price breaks.

The price of diesel did not move so dramatically for most truckers, according to the E.I.A. survey. The cost of diesel was mixed, with most regions enjoying a slight decline in prices. Nationwide, the cost of diesel now averages about $2.58, which is down just over a penny from last week.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.879: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.668: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.496: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.387: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.404: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.403: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.300: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.290: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.196: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.864: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.773: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.666: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.653: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.624: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.516: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.513: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.435: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For April 24, 2017

Gas price trend for week of April 24, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Gas prices finished out the month of April with a final price increase in nearly all regions, according to the latest fuel price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The weekly E.I.A. fuel report shows the average U.S. gas price nudged upward just over a penny per gallon, once again, to about $2.45. Drivers along the Gulf Coast caught a break this week, according to the survey, but that was the only region to see a price decline.

The price of diesel scarcely moved for most truckers, according to the E.I.A. survey report. The cost of diesel actually held stead in most areas, while increasing slightly in the New England region. Nonetheless, the average price of diesel remained $2.60 for the final report of April.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.891: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.674: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.519: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.416: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.413: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.404: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.358: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.343: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.225: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.875: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.785: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.662: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.650: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.632: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.530: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.520: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.458: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.