The demolished Crossroads area will no longer be used as a ramp into Hotel Plaza Blvd and Disney Springs in new FDOT plan

Mar 08, 2023 in "Disney Springs"

FDOT Traffic Plan - March 2023
Posted: Wednesday March 8, 2023 1:40pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has announced that it has changed plans for the now-demolished Crossroads shopping and dining area near Disney Springs.

The popular off-property stop for Walt Disney World visitors was demolished to make space for a new flyover ramp to enable more effortless traffic flow from SR 535 to Hotel Plaza Blvd and Disney Springs. Tenants included Sweet Tomatoes, Fudruckers, Taco Bell, McDonalds and Goodings.

In the latest plan, which will begin construction later this year, the former Crossroads area will now be used for constructing a new loop ramp from northbound Apopka-Vineland Road to westbound I-4. See below for the revised plan, and the original 2022 proposal.

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yensid1967Oct 05, 2023

Thats basically what they were gonna do...demolish Crossroads, build a flyover into Hotel Plaza Blvd. They could make the new Hotel Plaza Blvd exit a fly over into Hotel Plaza Blvd with those traveling on 535 to access the same loop that was planned!

SirwalterraleighOct 02, 2023

Why would they make another exit there with a direct dump onto Disney controlled land?

yensid1967Oct 02, 2023

I think this was too big of a plan and too costly, so they opted to scrap the plan and create a loop from 535 to I4 South. Why not make a DIRECT EXIT to Hotel Plaza Blvd from I4 South? If you are going North on 535, you get off at the existing exit...if you are travelling from 535 from Celebration area and are going to Disney, they make a ramp up to the flyover with a light OR make a loop to connect to the off ramp of HPB!

Andrew CMar 09, 2023

Welcome to the loveliness of transportation departments and their budgets. They cut just like Disney does :p 😂

jeanericuser001Mar 09, 2023

Considering several of the plans that called for everything from a metro station to a new off-ramp seemed to be all very well-designed with the best possible results in mind. Now we are getting a far cheaper option that will create even more sprawl without directly addressing the present problems. Then you have the fact that DeSantis has a tendency to be particularly petty just like his predecessor who torpedoed a perfect rail system, which we would have by now, just to spite Obama despite the fact that there was actually a good share of republicans that were also onboard. All that just to spite Obama, but while screwing over everyone else in the process.

marni1971Mar 09, 2023

Yes. We’re going to London again in the summer. 😁

vikescaperMar 09, 2023

Since I come from the west 99.999% of the time, this change shouldn’t affect me too much. The times I have come this way were absolutely horrible, though.

SirwalterraleighMar 08, 2023

…you ever been to the south, Boy?

Andrew CMar 08, 2023

Really? Care to share those details? Apparently, this is the new #BlameMeg

Figgy1Mar 08, 2023

If driving in Orlando wasn't already a cluster:mad::mad::mad: Although this may backfire and make people want to stay in the bubble once there

sWANNISAXMar 08, 2023

Wow this reeks of political meddling. There's no way the west bound I 4 entrance is causing a much back up and congestion as turning left into hotel plaza boulevard is after getting off the highway. The only scarier exit off I 4 west is the one they already redid at turkey lake road near Whole Foods. Talk about feeling like you might lose your life getting off the highway. Yikes.

Figgy1Mar 08, 2023

WDWBryanMar 08, 2023

Well that’s just stupid. They could still have ramp 4 from westbound i4 end at the intersection with hotel plaza blvd so traffic can go straight and left and then eliminate the light they currently have for the ramp by the overpass creating an exit similar to the east bound side with Vineland road.

marni1971Mar 08, 2023

Cost cutting on infrastructure? Where do they think they are? The UK?