I-4 Beyond the Ultimate Is Going Strong

The I-4 Beyond the Ultimate (BtU) project is close to wrapping up the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Reevaluation Studies, and the part segmented for the next phase is moving into design in 2015. The entire project covers 21.2 miles of Interstate 4 from U.S. 27 in Polk County east to Kirkman Road in Orange County and 19 miles from State Road 434 in Seminole County east to State Road 472 in Volusia County.

Funding needed to acquire right of way for two segments, State Road 528 to Kirkman Road and State Road 434 to U.S. 17-92, is included in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) five-year work program. I-4 BtU includes some exciting features to improve traffic flow, like a direct connection from I-4 Ultimate’s Express Lanes to proposed Express Lanes on State Road 528, as well as I-4 Express Lanes to State Road 417 and Wekiva Parkway.

Upcoming public hearings and meetings will give Central Florida residents a chance to speak with the FDOT project team to learn more about the proposed improvements. Visit www.I4Express.com for more information.

People Building a Better I-4:
I-4 Ultimate Design Project Manager
Beata Stys-Palasz

I-4 Ultimate will create thousands of jobs in Central Florida. This video series explores the wide variety of people and expertise needed to build a better I-4. In this month’s installment, I-4 Ultimate Design Project Manager Beata Stys-Palasz talks about the joy of seeing her drawings become reality. For the past 10 years, Beata has been preparing for and designing I-4 Ultimate. She is closely connected to this transformative project and shares her vision for the interstate and Central Florida.

Bonding with Small Businesses

Constructing, operating and maintaining I-4 Ultimate is an enormous undertaking. FDOT selected I-4 Mobility Partners to lead the project, but many opportunities for qualified smaller businesses to play a vital role still remain. The project team is proudly offering a Bonding Education Program for companies that are interested in opportunities to work on I-4 Ultimate. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and The Surety & Fidelity Association of America, I-4 Mobility Partners, SGL Constructors, FDOT and other key stakeholders are coordinating a bonding series and bond ready program starting October 2014. This hands-on, multi-faceted program provides necessary tools and information to determine if companies are bondable. One-on-one sessions with local surety bonding professionals will assist in assembling materials necessary for a complete bond application. If your firm is interested in this program or other subcontracting opportunities, visit I4MobilityPartners.com for more information.

Communicating with the Community: Transportation Fair in Downtown Orlando

Keeping the public informed about how I-4 Ultimate construction will affect daily lives in Central Florida is important. A commuter outreach event highlighting various projects and services in and around Orlando was held downtown at The Sanctuary recently. Bright House Networks, which hosted the event, invited representatives from I-4 Ultimate, reThink, Florida 511, SunRail, LYNX, Orlando Bike Share, Bike/Walk Central Florida, Hertz 24/7 and the city of Orlando to meet with more than 100 residents to discuss transportation options and answer questions. Residents were curious about the upcoming I-4 Ultimate project and eager to learn more about how this historic project will fit into and change the landscape of Central Florida. Would you like to learn more too? Schedule a presentation for your organization or company today. Request a speaker or display.