Posted: October 8, 2020
Last modified: October 9, 2020
Another portion of the I-4 Ultimate project is opening in its final configuration.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is reopening the eastbound Interstate 4 (I-4) entrance ramp from westbound and eastbound Michigan Street over the weekend. At the same time, crews will permanently close the eastbound I-4 ramp from Kaley Avenue. The Kaley Avenue ramp remained open to provide an alternate entrance to eastbound I-4 from south downtown Orlando during the long-term closure of the Michigan Street ramp. The turn lane from eastbound Michigan Street onto the ramp is will also now be open this weekend.
The Michigan Street ramp was closed in February 2020 for a rebuild of the ramp.
As part of the reconstruction of I-4, the Michigan Street and Kaley Avenue interchanges are being combined to improve traffic flow. Prior to I-4 Ultimate, the proximity of the Michigan Street and Kaley Avenue interchanges created congestion on I-4 and potential conflicts with weaving traffic patterns. The new configuration braids entrance and exit ramps over top of each other to eliminate crossover points.
Texas U-turns will be implemented to connect Kaley Avenue and Michigan Street with new frontage roads that allow free flowing access between the two interchanges by the end of 2020. The new U-turns allow drivers traveling on the frontage roads between Michigan Street and Kaley Avenue to U-turn under I-4 without waiting at a traffic signal allowing the interchanges to work together improving travel times and reducing delays in the area.
More resources detailing the improvements at the Michigan Street and Kaley Avenue interchanges can be found here.
Modifications or extensions to these schedules may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are encouraged to follow @I4Ultimate on Twitter or visit I4Ultimate.com for updates.