Posted: January 18, 2019
Last modified: January 25, 2019
I-4 Ultimate crews have opened a second travel lane on the eastbound Interstate 4 (I-4) temporary ramp system between New Hampshire Street and Winter Park Street. This second lane increases capacity and provides more space for vehicles to continue from downtown Orlando along eastbound I-4.
The eastbound I-4 temporary ramp system is an interim phase of the I-4 Ultimate improvement project. The current configuration of the temporary ramp system serves on-ramps to eastbound I-4 from Amelia Street and Garland Avenue/Colonial Drive (State Road 50), as well as exit and entrance ramps at the Princeton Street interchange, eastbound exit to Par Street and exit and entrance ramps at the Fairbanks Avenue interchange. The purpose of this interim phase is to provide construction crews safe work zones to continue building new permanent eastbound I-4 travel lanes while maintaining access to local roadways.
As a reminder, motorists have a number of options to enter eastbound I-4 from the downtown area. The eastbound on ramp from Anderson Street is open during peak travel times and allows motorists to enter the eastbound I-4 mainline without traveling on the temporary ramp system. An illustration of all eastbound ramp options is available here: fdot.tips/ebi4temp.
The temporary on-ramp from Ivanhoe Boulevard that led directly into the eastbound I-4 mainline has been closed for construction. The on-ramp to the temporary ramp system from Ivanhoe Boulevard remains open.
As construction continues on the new eastbound I-4 travel lanes, motorists should expect daily lane closures on the temporary ramp system during non-peak traffic times. The second lane between New Hampshire Street and Winter Park Street is closing daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through January 27.
The I-4 Ultimate project team expects completion of the eastbound I-4 general use lanes, between Ivanhoe Boulevard and Lee Road, in summer 2019. Once complete, the temporary ramp system is replaced with more traditional ramp access.
Modifications or extensions to these 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.