Posted: June 15, 2017
Last modified: June 13, 2017
|1||Adding longer entrance ramp from Kaley Avenue to westbound I-4 allows access to Michigan Street and improves access to westbound I-4.|
|2||Adding a longer westbound I-4 exit ramp to Michigan Street provides more capacity for vehicles exiting I-4.|
|3||Adding a longer eastbound I-4 exit ramp to Kaley Avenue provides more capacity for vehicles exiting I-4.|
|4||Adding a longer entrance ramp from Michigan Street to eastbound I-4 allows access to Kaley Avenue and improves access to westbound I-4.|
|5||Texas U-turns (see back) connect Kaley Avenue and Michigan Street with frontage roads that allow freeflowing, easy access between the two interchanges.|
Situated south of downtown Orlando are the Interstate 4 (I-4) interchanges of Michigan Street and Kaley Avenue – gateways to a bustling business district.
To keep up with the growth and activity in the area, the two interchanges will be reconfigured to increase vehicle capacity and improve merging traffic.
The westbound Interstate 4 (I-4) exit ramps to Kaley Avenue closed shortly after construction began to eliminate traffic weaving patterns between the exit and entrance ramps at the interchange. Although those exits will not return upon completion, the I-4 Ultimate project will replace those traffic movements with an innovative solution.
In the reconfigured interchange, motorists wishing to exit westbound I-4 to Kaley Avenue will exit onto a frontage road that leads to Michigan Street. A Texas U-turn at Michigan Street will lead motorists back toward Kaley Avenue. Texas U-turns will be constructed underneath the I-4 overpasses at Kaley Avenue and Michigan Street. The Texas U-turn is a configuration that allows drivers traveling on a one-way frontage road to U-turn onto an opposite direction frontage road without waiting at a traffic signal. The frontage roads adjacent to I-4 along with the U-turns will reduce weaving without compromising traffic flow.
The westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Kaley Avenue also is being lengthened. It will split with one direction moving toward westbound I-4 and the other connecting to the frontage road between Kaley Avenue and Michigan Street.
Additionally, the eastbound I-4 exit ramp to Kaley Avenue will be lengthened, and it will connect to the frontage road adjacent to eastbound I-4.