i-4 Ultimate

November 2021

* New Art Installation Showcases Winter Park's Colors
* Employee Spotlight: Monica Sweeney
* I-4 Ultimate Transforms Kaley Avenue and Michigan Street Interchanges
* I-4 Ultimate Lane Closures Suspended During Thanksgiving Holiday

New Art Installation Showcases Winter Park's Colors

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Deep purple, rustic red, and lush green are among the iconic hues of the City of Winter Park, which features peacock feathers, brick streets, and other colorful sights. Those colors are now permanently on display at Fairbanks Avenue near I-4.

The art installation, known as Rhythmic Colors, was designed, developed, and installed as part of the I-4 Ultimate Art Endowment program — an initiative that set aside $1.5 million to fund permanent public art in various cities and counties along the I-4 Ultimate corridor.

Rhythmic Colors was designed by RLF Architects and installed in October. It is the second of five art projects now in place as finishing touches are underway on I-4 Ultimate.

The team at RLF Architects, which typically designs buildings, was eager to jump on this project when the call for artists came from Winter Park. General contractors LokiVon & Associates were thrilled to work on the new project for the city.

“I think the best part of the process was working with my teammates and believing that we could do it,” RLF graphic designer Jocelynn White said.

LokiVon & Associates President and CEO Joshua Marinov added, “My favorite part of the project is the aesthetic and bringing another modern design element to the City of Winter Park.”

Steven Purcell, project designer, grew up in Winter Park, and knew that the colors of the city would provide inspiration. Part of the process involved viewing a cross section of Winter Park and looking for colors that stood out.

“I want [people] to see Winter Park in an abstract feature,” he said. “I want them to go beyond some of the clichés and be able to see Winter Park as raw color—as vivid, visible light reaching your eyes and evoking some type of thought and feeling of Winter Park.”

The geometric shape of the 18-foot-tall poles mimics movement, and part of the rhythm comes from how light hits the installation, even at night.

A company called 15 Lightyears donated an off-grid solar system that illuminates the art installation. The goal was to create movement with the lighting and to also illuminate the installation so it can be admired no matter the time of day.

Lisa Pearcy, CEO and founder of 15 Lightyears, said she connected with the design and construction teams because of their unique approach to solar light.

Donating the lighting was also personal for Pearcy, who often travels with her family during spring break and likes to remember a piece of artwork from each trip. Unable to travel in 2020, Pearcy saw the opportunity to contribute to art in her hometown as a bright light.

“I think [art] can really bring value to creating a memory and a place,” she said. “I hope that this art installation does that to every car that passes by.”

Danny Humphress, chair of the Winter Park Public Art Advisory Board, and City of Winter Park Mayor Phil Anderson share the same sentiment.

“I hope that a little bit of that feeling of delight that I have when I go by it, the citizens of Winter Park and visitors to our city will get as well,” Humphress said.

“This is something that welcomes us into Winter Park, and it says a friendly goodbye as we leave,” Anderson said.

More installations will break ground in the coming weeks. Interested in learning more? Continue to check the I-4 Ultimate Art Endowment page for updates and more information.


Employee Spotlight: Monica Sweeney

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Monica Sweeney, a project close-out engineer for the I-4 Ultimate project, ensures all the pipe video cameras are properly installed in the ground. The new video technology is a more sophisticated version of the popular GoPro camera. The cameras allow thorough inspection of pipes throughout the project to make sure there are no obstructions. Watch the video to learn more about Monica Sweeney and how she’s helping build a better I-4.


I-4 Ultimate Transforms Kaley Avenue and Michigan Street Interchanges


The I-4 Ultimate improvement project has completely reconstructed the Interstate 4 (I-4) interchanges with Kaley Avenue and Michigan Street. The improvements allow the interchanges to provide better access to and from I-4. Braided ramps, frontage roads, and a Texas U-turn connect the ramps and reduce weaving. Combining the interchanges eliminates the westbound I-4 exit ramp to Kaley Avenue and the eastbound I-4 entrance ramp from Kaley Avenue, reducing congestion for motorists traveling through the nearby I-4 and State Road (S.R.) 408 interchange.

View this handout for more details about the completed improvements.


I-4 Ultimate Lane Closures Suspended During Thanksgiving Holiday


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

Between 7 a.m., Wednesday, November 24 and 10 p.m., Sunday, November 28, no lane closures will be in place on Interstate 4 (I-4) throughout the 21 miles of the I-4 Ultimate construction zone. This pause will help minimize potential holiday traffic delays.

While all lanes of I-4 will remain open to accommodate expected holiday traffic, some crews will be working along the project.

Motorists should drive responsibly through the work zone.

Motorists also should be extra cautious when driving anywhere throughout the holiday season. They should be especially alert of their surroundings as traffic increases. Drivers should ensure their vehicles are prepared for any length of driving to avoid stalls or crashes.

Here are additional tips for safe holiday driving:

  • Avoid distractions: Put down all mobile devices. It is illegal to use these devices while driving through a work zone, and it is hazardous to your safety and that of those around you.
  • Check tire pressure: Checking your tire pressure should be done once a month. Maintaining the correct pressure can help avoid a blowout.
  • Don’t drive impaired or while drowsy: Driving under the influence is against the law. You should also consider drowsiness, especially after eating a big holiday meal. Consider resting a bit after eating and before getting on the road.
  • Don’t speed: Always follow the posted speed limit.
  • Call *FHP (*347): Roadside assistance is available on interstate highways and toll roads throughout Central Florida. Dispatchers can send a Florida Highway Patrol trooper or an I-4 Ultimate Road Ranger, who is equipped to handle tire changes and minor repairs.