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FDOT Accelerates Significant Portions of I-4 Ultimate Project
~ Segments of westbound general use lanes and SR 408 interchange to be completed 1-2 months early ~
April 11, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Furthering Governor Ron DeSantis’ direction to accelerate transportation projects across Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is expediting significant portions of the I-4 Ultimate Project in Orlando. With the ability to increase lane closures and extend work hours because of the reduction in traffic from COVID-19, FDOT plans to complete segments of the westbound general use lanes and their connection to the SR 408 interchange by Summer 2020, which is 1-2 months earlier. This acceleration will also help continue to provide much-needed jobs throughout Central Florida.
“The Department completely understands that I-4 is a major artery within our state’s transportation system and delivering these significant portions of the I-4 Ultimate Project is a huge win for Florida’s residents and economy,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “We are thrilled to accelerate as many segments of the project as possible so Central Florida residents can experience enhanced mobility on the corridor once we return to normal after COVID-19.”
The $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project will reconstruct 21 miles of I-4 from west of Kirkman Road to east of State Road 434 in Longwood. The specific segments of the I-4 Ultimate project that will be accelerated include:
- Segments of Westbound I-4 through downtown Orlando.
- Portions of the SR 408 interchange.
Acceleration of work in these areas will put more lanes of westbound I-4 into final configuration, reduce the number of construction sequences that would have occurred, and greatly reduce congestion through the most heavily traveled interchange within the I-4 Ultimate project.
No additional costs will be incurred or paid to accelerate these work activities. Maps of the planned detours and lane closures are attached and posted below reference.
FDOT continues to look for opportunities to accelerate projects across the state during this low traffic period and will share those updates as they are available.
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I-4 Corridor Map
I-4 over Livingston-Amelia
I-4 - S.R. 50
I-4 - S.R. 434
FDOT Accelerates Critical Infrastructure Projects Valued at $2.1 Billion
~ Reduction in traffic allows state to expedite transportation improvements, provide needed jobs ~
April 1, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – At the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has started accelerating critical infrastructure projects, which are valued at $2.1 Billion. Due to a reduction in traffic throughout Florida during the fight against COVID-19, FDOT will expedite crucial improvements to the state’s transportation system and provide much needed jobs.
“The Governor understands that Florida’s transportation system is the backbone of our economy and FDOT is proud to accelerate projects, which will help expedite goods to market and provide much needed jobs throughout the state,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “Safety is our top priority, so we will continue to ensure that employees have the sanitation supplies needed to follow the guidance from the CDC and work with our industry partners to implement these same precautions to keep workers safe and healthy.”
Following an initial review of all pending construction projects across all FDOT districts, including the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, FDOT has identified the following projects to be accelerated:
- The $864M Howard Frankland Bridge project in the Tampa Bay area will be accelerated by nearly 4 weeks.
- The widening of Southern Boulevard (SR 80) in western Palm Beach County will be accelerated by nearly 3 months.
- In Miami-Dade, the I-395/SR 836/I-95 Design Build Project is an $802 million reconstruction project being done in coordination with the local expressway authority that will be accelerated by 4 weeks.
- The project at Sand Lake Road (SR 482) near the heavy tourist area of International Drive and Universal Boulevard in Orlando will be accelerated by 4 to 6 weeks.
Several other projects, by region, include:
- Phase one of construction on the US-1 Cow Key Bridge in Monroe County will be accelerated by 1 week.
- Paving along I-75 at the SR 70 Interchange in Manatee County will be accelerated by 2 weeks.
- Paving, widening and signal upgrades along State Road 951 in southern Collier County will be accelerated by 4 weeks.
- The 23rd Street Flyover project at the intersection of US 98 and 23rd Street in Bay County will be accelerated by 1 week.
- The Diverging Diamond Interchange on SR 200 (A1A) at Interstate 95 in Nassau County, the first of its kind in Northeast Florida, will be accelerated by two months.
For the latest updates, visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/