Posted: April 19, 2017
Last modified: April 20, 2017
The downtown Orlando construction area of the I-4 Ultimate project reaches a major milestone this month when traffic on eastbound and westbound Interstate 4 (I-4) shifts to newly constructed bridges.
A traffic shift of westbound I-4 between Colonial Drive (State Road 50) and South Street is scheduled to occur overnight on April 20. The traffic shift will move the westbound I-4 traffic approximately 11 feet to the inside onto newly constructed, temporary bridges between eastbound and westbound I-4. An illustration of the westbound I-4 traffic shift is available online at fdot.tips/WBI4shift.
During the traffic shift operation on the night of April 20 and morning of April 21, motorists should expect multiple lane and ramp closures. The westbound I-4 entrance ramps from Ivanhoe Boulevard and Amelia Street will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. View the detour routes at fdot.tips/shiftdetours. In addition, the collector-distributor road adjacent to westbound I-4 between Ivanhoe Boulevard and Colonial Drive will be closed as will multiple lanes on westbound I-4. Lane closures may begin as soon as 8 p.m. on April 20.
A traffic shift of eastbound I-4 between South Street and Colonial Drive is scheduled to occur as soon as early May. The traffic shift will move three lanes of eastbound I-4 traffic onto newly constructed, temporary bridges between eastbound and westbound I-4.
During the traffic shift operation, motorists should expect multiple lane and ramp closures. The eastbound I-4 entrance ramps from westbound State Road 408 and Anderson Street, and the exit ramp to Amelia Street will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Exact dates of the eastbound I-4 traffic shift and ramp closures will be available on i4Ultimate.com/alertsmap.
The new temporary bridges were constructed because of the lack of right-of-way space in the tight quarters of downtown Orlando. By moving I-4 traffic onto the temporary bridges, it gives I-4 Ultimate construction crews the opportunity to begin demolishing the existing eastbound I-4 bridges and constructing new bridges.
Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone.