i-4 Ultimate

August 2021

* Rules and Tips for Driving in Severe Weather
* Employee Spotlight: Kim Badell
* Under-i Project Next Steps
* New Flyover Ramps Improve Connectivity in the Heart of Downtown Orlando

Rules and Tips for Driving in Severe Weather

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Severe weather can happen at any moment in Florida, and it increases the potential for dangerous situations. A Florida law about driving in severe weather has recently changed. Motorists previously were not permitted to drive with their hazard lights on, but a law that went into effect in July now allows the use of hazard lights during severe weather. Watch the video for more information about the change and other severe weather driving tips.


Employee Spotlight: Kim Badell

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The I-4 Ultimate project is more than just improving Interstate 4 (I-4); it is also improving local streets near the highway. Kim Badell’s job as a roadway engineer is to oversee the improvements and construction on side streets of the project. She feels honored to be a part of such a big project that is providing far-reaching improvements for Central Florida drivers. Watch the video to learn more.


Under-i Project Next Steps

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Downtown Orlando is gearing up to become more vibrant with the construction of a unique park under Interstate 4 (I-4).

I-4 Ultimate raised and widened the bridge that carries I-4 through downtown, creating an opportunity to reimagine the space beneath the bridge. The park project, called Under-i, will transform the area between Church Street and Washington Street to better connect the east and west sides of downtown and provide a space to deliver recreational experiences.

City of Orlando officials recently announced that AECOM was the top-ranked design firm to take on the project and are currently working on contracting the firm. Once this step is completed, the city intends to formally kick off the project at the end of 2021.

Residents can look forward to an engagement process in early 2022, in which they will be able to share ideas for the park that could include sports courts, gathering spaces, play areas, and areas for performances, vendors, public art, and more.

Final design of the park is expected in spring 2023.

To keep up with the timeline and other news, visit the City of Orlando website: https://www.orlando.gov/Initiatives/Under-i-Project.


New Flyover Ramps Improve Connectivity in the Heart of Downtown Orlando

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The reconstructed Interstate 4 (I-4) and State Road 408 interchange – the crown jewel of the I-4 Ultimate project – opened to traffic in summer 2020, modernizing connections between Central Florida’s two busiest highways in the heart of downtown Orlando. The longer, wider ramps soar as high as 120 feet above the ground and separate each stream of traffic to avoid congestion caused by merging. Watch the video to learn more.