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Opens Traffic on Central Florida’s Final Link of the Wekiva Parkway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2024
MEDIA CONTACT: Lauralee Heckman 203-439-2153

CHESHIRE, CT – , the U.S. subsidiary of Webuild Group, has opened all high-speed system-to-system movements and access ramps on Section 8 of the Wekiva Parkway in Seminole County, accomplishing the much-needed final link that completes the beltway around Central Florida.

The $253 million design-build project, commissioned by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), was part of an overall 25-mile tolled Wekiva Parkway improvements project, which has been in planning and construction for over 30 years. This key piece of the parkway provides travel alternatives and relieves traffic congestion resulting from population growth in Orange, Lake, and Seminole counties.

The project included installing 2.63 miles of limited access toll road from Orange Boulevard to east of Rinehart Road and the Wekiva Parkway interchange that connects I-4 with SR 429, and SR 429 with SR 417. The project’s design also accommodates the future Beyond the Ultimate project, which will add four express lanes down the median of I-4.

The design was favored by the owner for its benefits including improved safety for motorists and in work zones, and improved operations. Fewer traffic control phases, utility avoidance, an aesthetically pleasing design, and preservation of recently constructed infrastructure were also desirable aspects of the project. The Wekiva Parkway was also recognized for its environmentally friendly design that helped foster the 3,400 acres of conservation land it encroached upon during construction, including numerous wildlife bridges, and largely elevated roadways to reduce accidents between vehicles and wildlife sensitive wildlife.

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is one of America’s leading construction companies, specializing in large, complex civil infrastructure. For over 130 years, it has contributed to the development of the country’s transportation systems including the Interstate Highway System and a vast network of roads, bridges, airports, metros and railways. Lane specializes in mobility, tunneling, and water resources to address sustainable development and climate change adaptation challenges. It is also a pioneer in project delivery methods and the use of design-build and public-private partnerships. Lane projects include the I-10 Corridor Express Lanes in California; the Ship Canal Water Quality project in Washington; the Triangle Expressway in North Carolina; and the Kansas City Levees project in Missouri. Based in Cheshire, Connecticut, it is wholly owned by Webuild, a global infrastructure group. For more information, visit www.laneconstruct.com.

About Webuild Group

Webuild is an international leader in the design and construction of complex large infrastructure in the fields of sustainable mobility (railways, metro, bridges, roads, ports), hydropower (dams for energy purposes, hydroelectric plants), water (sewage treatment plants, desalination plants, wastewater management, dams for drinking water and irrigation purposes), green buildings (civil and industrial buildings, airports, stadiums and hospitals), supporting customers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. Recognised as the world’s leading water infrastructure company, the Group operates worldwide, with a presence in 50 countries, 85,000 employees (direct and of third parties) of 100 different nationalities and a supply chain of more than 17,500 companies. In 117 years of engineering applied to more than 3,200 completed projects, the Group has built 14,118 km of railways and subways, 82,509 km of roads and motorways, 1,018 km of bridges and viaducts, 3,396 km of tunnels, and 313 dams and hydroelectric plants. Its best known projects are the Genoa San Giorgio Bridge in Italy and the expansion of the Panama Canal, the Lake Mead Third Intake hydraulic project in Las Vegas (USA), the Perth Airport Line in Australia and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens. It is currently working on the Brenner Base Tunnel, Line 4 of the Milan Metro, and the Terzo Valico dei Giovi-Genoa junction in Italy, as well as the North East Link in Melbourne in Australia. As of 30 June 2023, Webuild had total orders amounting to €61 billion, with more than 90% of the construction backlog related to projects tied to advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Subject to the management and coordination of Salini Costruttori S.p.A., Webuild is based in Italy and listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (WBD; WBD.MI; WBD:IM). Since 2021, it has been listed on the MIB ESG index, dedicated to Italian blue-chips with the best ESG practices. More information at .