The Florida Department of Transportation is considering 11 proposed truck stop locations along Interstate 4 as the need for truck parking continues to grow.
The 11 proposed sites are in Osceola, Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties, and officials say building a truck stop at one of those locations could help alleviate a shortage of truck parking along the I-4 corridor reaching critical levels.
“From North Orlando, to get to Daytona, there’s nowhere to park, absolutely nowhere,” Brian Lindsey, a Longwood truck driver, told My news 13.
“In 2018, FDOT conducted a statewide truck parking study to assess existing truck parking and future truck parking demand statewide,” said Jessica Ottaviano, director of public information of the FDOT. “The study found that the I-4 corridor is the most critical corridor in the state, particularly between the Osceola/Polk County line and Interstate 95. This segment has been identified as a corridor of key freight serving between 7,000 and 20,000 trucks every day.”
Right now, I-4 between the Osceola/Polk County line and Interstate 95 has only 36 truck parking spaces — a number that’s horribly short of the estimated 481 spaces that studies show are currently needed, and even more below the estimated 750 truck parking spaces. spaces that are expected to be needed over the next three years. North of Polk County, there are only two truck stops in Longwood for truckers on I-4.
“I always have to cross my fingers when I plan to park (at the Longwood Rest Area) on my way home as I live 2 miles down the road,” Lindsey said. “Because I never know if I’ll get a spot.”
Proposed locations for new truck stops are:
- Osceola County
- 35.10 acres south of Osceola Polk Line Road near Orange Blossom Trail (3.87 miles from I-4)
- 24.30 acres north of Osceola Polk Line Road near Orange Blossom Trail (4 miles from I-4)
- Orange County
- 6.70 acres between John Young Parkway, Sand Lake Road and Florida’s Turnpike (2.90 miles from I-4)
- 6.80 acres north of Landstreet Road and west of State Road 528 (4.86 miles from I-4)
- 9.90 acres south of Landstreet Road and east of Parkers Landing (5.95 miles from I-4)
- 4.86 acres north of Landstreet Road and west of Tussway Boulevard (6.03 miles from I-4)
- 16.30 acres south of Tradeport Drive and east of South Orange Avenue (6.81 miles from I-4)
- 25.30 acres south of Tradeport Drive and just across Ringhaver Drive (7.74 miles from I-4)
- 12.40 acres north of Tradeport Drive and east of Ringhaver Drive (8.04 miles from I-4)
- Seminole County
- 26.2 acres along I-4 east, south of Orange Boulevard and west of Monroe Road (0.32 miles from I-4)
- Volusia County
- 1,164 acres along I-4 east and west, south of US Highway 92 (0 miles from I-4)
The first public meeting regarding potential locations will be Thursday, March 3 at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens-Safari Room located at 3755 W. Seminole Blvd. at Sanford). A second meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 5 in a meeting room at the Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Orlando located at 6500 International Dr.
Despite several potential truck stop locations, FDOt currently only has funding to build one truck stop. Construction could start as early as 2026.