Posted: July 28, 2017
Last modified: July 28, 2017
Months of underground utility and drainage work for the I-4 Ultimate project are beginning to bear fruit as considerable roadway construction progress is being made in the downtown Orlando area.
Last month, a new entrance ramp to eastbound Interstate 4 (I-4) opened from Garland Avenue. The new ramp replaced the loop ramp from eastbound Colonial Drive (State Road 50). Instead of turning right from eastbound Colonial Drive onto the eastbound I-4 entrance ramp, motorists now turn left onto northbound Garland Avenue. Motorists then can take the left fork to enter the new eastbound I-4 entrance ramp.
In the next few weeks, Garland Avenue, south of Colonial Drive, is scheduled to be realigned to its permanent location. Instead of moving to the east of an eastbound I-4 ramp and bridge over Colonial Drive currently under construction, Garland Avenue will continue straight toward Colonial Drive, in-between I-4 and the ramp construction.
Also on the horizon, a new westbound I-4 entrance ramp from southbound Orange Blossom Trail (U.S. 17-92/441) is scheduled to open. The temporary ramp will be lengthened to a distance of two-thirds of a mile, making it more than four times longer than the old ramp. In addition to the ramp shift, the westbound I-4 travel lanes will be shifted to newly paved lanes. The westbound I-4 traffic shift is about a quarter of a mile.
Coming up in early to mid-August, I-4 motorists should expect nighttime closures of westbound and eastbound I-4 at State Road (S.R.) 408 as construction crews continue their work on widening S.R. 408 to make room for new ramps. Know in advance of upcoming ramp openings and nighttime construction closures by signing up for I-4 Ultimate Advance Construction Alerts at i4Ultimate.com/alerts. Construction alerts are also posted on the project website at i4Ultimate.com/alertsmap.