Posted: August 27, 2015
Last modified: January 19, 2017
A new Interstate 4 overpass connecting Grand National Drive to Caravan Court will serve the growing International Drive business community and nearby attractions.
“It is going to provide a relief road to the Kirkman Road area,” said Luann Brooks, Executive Director of the International Drive Business Improvement District. “For instance, we operate a trolley service that currently uses Kirkman Road. When completed in two years, we are going to use the Grand National flyover as a lead line for one of our trolleys.”
At the beginning of July, Grand National Drive was closed from Fun Spot Way to West Oak Ridge Road. The closure will continue until summer 2017 when the new I-4 overpass is completed.
The completed overpass will feature Express Lane direct access in the eastbound direction from Grand National Drive and the westbound direction to Grand National Drive. Additional ramps will be constructed in anticipation of the future Express Lane extension west on I-4.
In addition to providing shoppers and thrill-seekers easier access to International Drive’s attractions and outlet malls, the new Grand National Drive overpass will help alleviate congestion on nearby interchanges at Kirkman Road and Universal Boulevard.
“In the long run we think it will be something advantageous for the entire area,” Brooks said.
Until the opening of the new overpass, a detour has been established around the half-mile closure of Grand National Drive. The detour for the closed section of Grand National Drive is:
Traveling north on Grand National Drive, begin detour by turning right on Fun Spot Way. Turn left on Adrianna Drive to proceed to end of detour at West Oak Ridge Road.
Traveling west on West Oak Ridge Road, begin detour by turning left on Adrianna Drive. Turn right on Fun Spot Way to proceed to end of detour at Grand National Drive.