Posted: May 30, 2018
Last modified: May 30, 2018
Motorists traveling on westbound Interstate 4 (I-4) between Gore Street and Orange Blossom Trail (U.S. 17-92/441) the morning of June 2 will be some of the first to experience the longest span of new permanent lanes constructed by the I-4 Ultimate project.
Aside from the newly constructed travel lanes, motorists using the Kaley Avenue and Michigan Street interchanges, as well as the State Road (S.R.) 408 and Gore Street ramps to westbound I-4, will notice changes to ramp configurations.
Motorists using the Michigan Street exit ramp (Exit 81A) will exit westbound I-4 about a half-mile later. Motorists using the westbound I-4 ramp from Gore Street and S.R. 408 will no longer have to merge with traffic exiting to Michigan Street before entering I-4. Motorists on Kaley Avenue will enter westbound I-4 on a new two-lane ramp that diverges to either enter westbound I-4 or continues onto an adjacent road connecting to Michigan Street.
In addition to the traffic shift, the westbound I-4 exit ramp to southbound Orange Blossom Trail will close following the westbound I-4 traffic shift and reopen at 6 a.m. on Monday, June 4. This continuous ramp closure is necessary so crews can connect the ramp to the new westbound I-4 configuration. To view or download a map of the new traffic movement and subsequent continuous closure, please visit https://fdot.tips/wbi4shift.
To accommodate the shift, multiple ramps and roadways will need to close: the westbound State Road (S.R.) 408 ramps to westbound I-4, the westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Gore Street, and the westbound I-4 exit ramp to Michigan Street close the nights of May 29, 30, 31 and June 1. The ramps will reopen at 5 a.m. the following morning. Kaley Avenue under I-4 and the westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Kaley Avenue close the night of June 1 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. A handout detailing the nightly closures is available to download or view at https://fdot.tips/wbi4ramps.
Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone.