Existing lanes will remain open during peak travel times to help keep I-4 on the go during construction.

Posted: November 30, 2014
Last modified: January 19, 2017

I-4 is the transportation backbone of Central Florida, with the stretch of highway from Kirkman Road to State Road 434 averaging about 175,000 vehicles a day. Ensuring traffic keeps moving will be critical to the success of the I-4 Ultimate project.

During construction, I-4 may continue to be the best option for many drivers. Rest assured, the project team has developed a comprehensive traffic management plan that addresses the complex nature of the construction phase, while minimizing impacts to motorists. The team is also committed to maintaining the same number of lanes that exist today. That means, if you have access to four general use lanes at the Turnpike interchange today, you will continue to have access to four lanes throughout the duration of the project.

To ensure that motorists can get where they need to go — whether it’s to work, a shopping destination or a local attraction — lane closures will be limited to mostly nighttime hours, beginning as early as 8:30 p.m. and continuing as late as 7 a.m. Work may also require ramp closures for extended periods. However, consecutive ramps may not be closed at the same time, and detours will be provided.

The project team is required to provide a 28-day notification for full ramp and road closures, as well as long-term closures lasting more than 24 hours. Drivers will receive a 14-day notice for non-long-term lane closures on the interstate.

“I-4 Ultimate is a very complex project, but the Florida Department of Transportation, the concessionaire, the contractors and everyone involved are very experienced in maintaining traffic flow,” says Mike Gwynne, P.E., the I-4 Ultimate resident engineer. “Mobility is a top priority, and the concessionaire has committed to keeping I-4 open during the day.”

Additional project information, including a full list of lane and ramp closures, will be posted on i4Ultimate.com. Now is the time to proactively sign up for project newsletters and personalized alerts so you can make informed decisions about when and where to travel.