Safety is part of the I-4 Ultimate culture and always comes first. That means safety will never be compromised by cost or schedule. We want you to make safety a top priority too. Review the materials on these pages to keep you, and others around you, safe while you’re driving on the I-4 corridor during construction.
Work Zone Safety
The Florida Department of Transportation urges those driving through the I-4 Ultimate work zones – and all work zones – to drive carefully. Florida’s future depends on it.
In work zones, speed limits may be decreased, lanes may be closed, narrowed or shifted and people may be working near the road. Motorists should always drive the posted speed limit. There are often shifting conditions and unfamiliar variables in the work zone and speeding fines are doubled when workers are present.
Below, are some tips to bear in mind while driving through construction zones.
Be Alert – Pay attention to the road and your surroundings in the work zone.
Don’t Tailgate – Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones. Allow at least two car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Minimize Distractions – Avoid changing radio stations and using cell phones while driving in the work zone. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
Expect the Unexpected – Work zones are changing environments. Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
Don’t Speed – Follow the posted speed limits in and around the work zone.
Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake.
Excessive speed is a factor in more than a third of fatal work zone crashes throughout the state. Remember, crews are working just a few feet from traffic. Per Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles,, there were 19 fatalities, 503 serious injuries and 4,354 crashes in Florida work zones in 2017.
Drivers exceeding the speed limit when workers are present face doubled fines. For example, the penalty for driving 10 mph over the posted speed limit in an active construction zone is $200 plus court costs. Maintaining the posted speed limit can help you not only avoid a collision, but also be more cautious around road rangers and disabled vehicles
The I-4 Ultimate work zones aren’t there to personally inconvenience you. The men and women working to make your future drive better are your friends and neighbors. Just like you they have families they want to go home to at the end of the day. Let them work. Let them live.