Posted: October 7, 2016
Last modified: January 19, 2017
Motorists aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of the 21-mile facelift of Central Florida’s busiest roadway. The I-4 Ultimate infrastructure project aims to create a safer and more functional experience for pedestrians and bicyclists on many of the roads that cross or are near Interstate 4 (I-4) while highlighting aesthetic appeal.
Future features include:
- Adding and reconstructing 15 miles of sidewalk
- Adding and reconstructing 7 miles of bike lanes
- Enhancing pedestrian crossings at 12 key locations
- Widening sidewalks – adding anywhere from 1-10 extra feet
- Adding decorative lighting and pavement in various locations
- Adding an urban, multi-use park underneath I-4 in downtown Orlando
- The City of Orlando is adding a pedestrian bridge over Colonial Drive in downtown Orlando
Some of the most impressive additions include a tunnel under State Road 436 and pedestrian bridges above Kirkman Road (State Road 435) and above I-4 near Maitland Boulevard (State Road 414).
A pedestrian tunnel will be constructed under State Road 436 between Douglas Avenue/Wymore Road and the westbound ramps to and from I-4.
This is a response to creating a median across SR 436 which removes the signal. This will improve traffic flow and increase safety.
The tunnel will be 12-feet wide, 10-feet tall and will be fully lit at all times. Altamonte Springs Police Department also will have access to security cameras in the tunnel.
The pedestrian bridge at Kirkman Road will provide safe transport to various hotels and attractions at the intersection of Kirkman Road and Major Boulevard.
The bridge near the Maitland Boulevard interchange will cross I-4 and connect the pathways at Lake Destiny Road and Wymore Road. The bridge will be 12-feet wide and will accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists alike.
The design is unique in that it the bridge will be curved and supported by 20 pairs of steel cables attached to an arch that is 142-feet high at the center. There also will be two 25-feet wide overlooks on each end of the suspended bridge.
In the meantime, spotters are identifying specific bicyclist and pedestrian hazards, and the project team is addressing them. The team is building and maintaining protective shield systems and using barriers to protect pedestrians and bicyclists.