i-4 Ultimate

November 2020

* I-4 Ultimate Construction Suspended for Holiday Weekend
* New Movement Opened at Michigan Street

I-4 Ultimate Construction Suspended for Holiday Weekend


The I-4 Ultimate team is planning for holiday traffic by pausing most closures on the corridor.

Starting at 7 a.m., Wednesday, November 25 to 10 p.m., Sunday, November 29, no lane closures will be in place throughout the 21 miles of the I-4 Ultimate construction zones. This effort will help minimize potential traffic delays for motorists during the holiday travel season.

While all lanes of I-4 will remain open to accommodate expected additional traffic during the holiday, some crews still will be out working along the project. Motorists need to continue to drive responsibly through the work zone. Emergency lane closures may still occur when needed.

Additionally, motorists should be extra cautious when driving during the holiday season. As traffic increases, it is important to be alert of your surroundings and make sure your vehicle is prepared for any length of driving to avoid car stalls or potential crashes.

Here’s a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Avoid distractions: Remember to put down all mobile devices. Not only is it illegal to use these devices while driving through a work zone, it could be hazardous to your safety and those around you.
  • Check tire pressure: Checking your tire pressure should be done once a month. Maintaining the correct level of pressure will help avoid a tire blowout.  
  • Don’t drive impaired or while drowsy: Driving under the influence is against the law, but motorists should also consider their level of drowsiness after eating a big holiday meal. After a meal, consider resting a bit before getting on the road.
  • Don’t speed: Follow the posted speed limits in and around the work zone.
  • Call *FHP (*347): Roadside assistance is available in case of emergencies. Depending on the severity of your situation, a Florida Highway Patrol officer may be dispatched. I-4 Ultimate Road Rangers are equipped to handle minor roadway incidents and will respond if necessary.

New Movement Opened at Michigan Street


Noticed something new at Michigan Street under I-4?

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) opened a Texas U-turn under Interstate 4 (I-4) at Michigan Street Wednesday, November 18.

Originating in Texas, Texas U-turns, also known as Texas Turnarounds, can be found around the nation. Central Florida drivers may have already driven the U-turns in place at the intersections of U.S. 17-92 and State Road (S.R.) 436 and at the S.R. 50 and S.R. 436 intersection.

This highway configuration allows drivers traveling on a one-way frontage road to U-turn in an opposite direction frontage road without waiting at a traffic signal. In the case of the new U-turn at Michigan Street, drivers can now exit westbound I-4 to Michigan Street and use the U-turn without stopping to access eastbound I-4 to South Street and downtown Orlando. Later this year, the U-turn will allow access to Kaley Avenue as well.

When the U-turn at Kaley Avenue comes online by the end of the year, drivers will be able to exit eastbound I-4 to Kaley Avenue and U-turn onto Michigan Street.

The free-flowing U-turns will work together with braided ramps and frontage roads to eliminate weaving patterns between the interchanges’ exit and entrance ramps and improve safety and mobility.

Please see this handout to learn more about these movements and other improvements at these two interchanges.