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I-4 Ultimate Renovations Cause Heavy Traffic Concerns

The I-4 Ultimate Renovation have everyone up in arms in regards to the traffic situation.  The traffic on I-4 is already a sore spot with a lot of locals and the idea of having to take the road less traveled to get to and from work is raising heavy concerns.

David Parks, the public information officer for the Florida Department of Transportation’s I-4 Ultimate project states, “The DOT wants the drive on I-4 to be just as much of the Florida experience as palm trees, sunshine, the great weather, Mickey Mouse, Harry Potter, all the things that people come to Central Florida for – they want the drive-by to be part of that positive experience.”

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I-4 Ultimate Renovation 

It seems like the FDOT has taken a little vacation to fantasy land if they think the promise of a prettier I-4 drive is going to make the locals happy about having to struggle through more traffic delays and detours for the next 6 years. The I-4 Ultimate project will occupy 21 miles of your I-4 commute with road closures and noise meaning that when it comes to transportation in this wonderful Central Florida traffic is going to be a real bear and we are just going to have to grin and bare it.

No matter how small the updates or repairs, a road closure is still just that. For all of us heading downtown for work or play prepare yourselves.  The parking lots beneath the I-4 overpass, the ones off Garland Avenue where you can pay to park by the hour are going to be massively impacted by construction. According to Parks, 25 percent of the spots will remain available for use, which means you’re going to need to find another place to park.  Here’s hoping that the parking garages don’t start price gouging.

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The project will reconstruct 15 interchanges, rebuild more than 75 bridges, widen roads and raise overpasses and will introduce four new toll lanes to I-4 to help ease congestion during commuting hours. The idea is to maintain a “reliable travel time” for people. “Animated” signs indicating the cost for each segment. Each segment will have a different toll based on traffic which isn’t confusing at all.  But for the rest of us who can barely fill our gas tanks every week, it looks like we are going to be stuck in the free lanes backed up and waiting. Don’t let the road rage take over just yet.  The I-4 Ultimate renovations are expected to be complete by early 2021!

Detour

Throughout the course of the project, there will be maps posted on i4ultimate.com to help you find out where your commute will be redirected; you can also sign up for specific alerts about your commute. And if you don’t already use it, sign up for Florida’s 511; all you have to do is sign up and then dial 511 for real-time traffic reports on the go.