Posted: December 8, 2017
Last modified: December 8, 2017
Tourists and local visitors flock to the attractions and resorts near the interchange of Interstate 4 (I-4) and Kirkman Road (State Road 435). But that success can create traffic problems.
As part of the I-4 Ultimate project, the interchange is being carefully reimagined to alleviate congestion and safely guide motorists to their desired destination.
Both I-4 and Kirkman Road will be realigned and straightened out for improved safety and mobility. Increased access to both directions of I-4 will be added via new ramps at the interchange.
To discourage weaving on westbound I-4, the exit ramp to southbound Kirkman Road joined with the exit ramp to northbound Kirkman Road on the right side.
The eastbound I-4 exit ramp to northbound Kirkman Road also is being lengthened and relocated from a left-side exit to a right side. An exit to southbound Kirkman Road also will be added from eastbound I-4.
An entrance ramp to eastbound I-4 from southbound Kirkman Road will loop from southbound Kirkman Road.
Existing ramps at the interchange will be lengthened and realigned.
The new Grand National overpass, which opened earlier this year, spans I-4 and connects Major Boulevard and the International Drive area. New lanes also were added to accommodate the overpass. At the project’s completion, the Grand National overpass will have direct access to and from the Express Lanes.
A pedestrian bridge will be added over Kirkman Road at the Major Boulevard intersection, improving safety and connecting Universal Orlando to the hotels.
The interchange is scheduled to be completed in 2019 as a bonus work element.