SunRail is being built in two phases. Phase 1 is 32-miles from DeBary to Sand Lake Road in Orange County. Construction on Phase 1 began in January 2012. Phase 2 will be built in two sections: the north section from DeBary to DeLand, and the south section from Sand Lake Road through Kissimmee to Poinciana. Phase 2 construction is expected to begin in 2014.
Three types of construction taking place: double tracking, grade crossing improvements and station construction.
- Double tracking - building a second track beside the first track to allow two trains to operate simultaneously in two directions. This will take place between DeBary and Maitland, with the exception of the St. Johns River bridge crossing. The corridor is already double tracked from Winter Park through Sand Lake Road. As part of Phase 1, double tracking also will occur from south of downtown Orlando to the Sand Lake Road Area. During Phase 2, double tracking will take place from Southchase in southern Orange County through Poinciana.
Construction will typically happen between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will take place between crossings to minimize the impact on road traffic.
- Grade crossing improvements - improving the quality and safety at the locations where the street crosses the railroad. There are 96 grade crossings in Phase 1.
Construction on grade crossings requires closing the street that crosses the railroad. This work will take place on weekends to minimize the impact on commuters. Detours will be posted. Road closure and detour information is available at www.SunRail.com.
- Station construction - there are 12 stations being built between DeBary and Sand Lake Road. Construction will typically take place during the day, as it would for any building construction.