Posted: February 7, 2020
Last modified: January 5, 2021
During the past weekend, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the I-4 Ultimate contractor shifted approximately two miles of westbound I-4 from Par Street through Ivanhoe Boulevard into its final footprint, which will benefit commuters and travelers driving into the downtown from the northside.
As part of this major shift, the left exit to Colonial Drive (State Road 50), which is a temporary exit while work occurs in this area as part of the I-4 Ultimate project, was modified as well.
As safety is the top priority of FDOT, and as part of standard practice, project engineers regularly observe traffic conditions after a major shift. The new lanes on I-4 are performing well. However, on the reconfigured Colonial Drive exit ramp, there were some concerns. Engineers observed motorists traveling at a higher rate of speed than what was posted, and faster than ramp advisory speeds. In response to this safety concern, the decision was then made to close the ramp for the time being.
Engineers are developing plans to improve safety of the ramp before reopening, and will direct the contractor to take the necessary steps. The goal is to reopen the ramp Tuesday morning.
The Florida Department of Transportation urges motorists to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone, follow posted detour signs, and allow extra time to navigate the downtown area.