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I-4 Off-Ramp to Michigan Street in Orlando Now Nearly a Mile Sooner

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that the westbound Interstate 4 exit ramp to Michigan Street will shift nearly one mile sooner the morning of December 12.

Traffic will exit westbound I-4 via a new lengthened ramp on the right. The ramp is connected to the existing westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Gore Street and State Road (S.R.) 408. Motorists seeking to enter westbound I-4 should prepare to merge with traffic to avoid continuing to the ramp to Michigan Street. The westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Kaley Avenue is unaffected by this ramp shift.

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.


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New I-4 Exit Ramp in Orlando Coming in December

In November, Florida’s I-4 Ultimate project saw great construction progress in downtown Orlando. That same momentum is expected to continue through the month of December.

The westbound Interstate 4 (I-4) exit ramp to Michigan Street (exit 81A) will shift in early December. Motorists will have to make their decision to exit one mile sooner during their drive.

Traffic will exit westbound I-4 via a new lengthened ramp on the right. The ramp is connected to the existing westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Gore Street and State Road 408.

Motorists seeking to enter westbound I-4 will prepare to merge with traffic to avoid continuing on the ramp to Michigan Street. The westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Kaley Avenue is unaffected by this ramp shift. The ramp structure to Michigan Street is a permanent structure, and the shift is to help accommodate construction on westbound I-4. To discourage weaving on westbound I-4, the exit ramp to southbound Kirkman Road (exit 75B) joined with the exit ramp to northbound Kirkman Road (exit 75A) on the right side.


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Florida’s I-4 is the Most Dangerous Interstate in the Country

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities have increased 10.4 percent during the first six months of 2016 compared to the same time period in 2015.  These increases are most likely the result of more drivers on the road and a greater percentage of these motorists are driving distracted. A recent study found that 61 percent of drivers use their cell phones on some drives, most drives or every drive.

On average, Americans spend 293 hours driving approximately 10,900 miles each year. A detailed study by EverQuote examined the most dangerous interstates in America, based on fatalities per mile. This analysis used raw data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Report System from 2010 through 2015 and found fatality rates based on highway lengths.
That data was then compared to the data from EverQuote’s safe-driving app, EverDrive, representing over 6 million trips and 80 million miles of driving.

That study ranked Florida’s Interstate 4 the most deadly highway in America.

Interstate 4 runs from Tampa to Daytona Beach, Florida. The 132-mile highway connects from I-275 to I-95, and has had 1.41 fatalities per mile in the past six years, making it the most dangerous interstate in the United States. I-4 has also been in the top 10 most dangerous interstates for the past six years.


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New I-4 Ramp in Orlando to Open November 13

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that a new westbound Interstate 4 (I-4) on-ramp from Gore Street and State Road (S.R.) 408 is scheduled to open the morning of November 13.

The westbound I-4 entrance ramps from Gore Street and both directions of S.R. 408 will close nightly for nearly one week beginning the evening of Sunday, November 12, to accommodate the ramp shift.

Motorists will enter at Gore Street from about the same location and will join with westbound I-4 traffic nearly half a mile beyond the original entrance point.

The new ramp is a milestone for the I-4 Ultimate project, as motorists will be driving on the first permanent ramp structure at the I-4/S.R. 408 interchange.

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.


For more I-4 construction information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

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Best, Worst Times to Travel This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this year traffic may prove to be a record breaker.

Traveling I-4 can be a real pain with heavy traffic and plenty of short tempers. Here are a few tips to help make your Thanksgiving holiday voyage less stressful:

Getting There:

  • The absolute worst time to get on the road is the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 22) and if you leave in mid-afternoon (3:00 p.m.) you definitely won’t be a happy camper once you get there.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Wednesday, make it as early as possible. Start you trip no later than 6:00 a.m. to avoid traffic delays.
  • The Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 19) is the best day to leave for your Thanksgiving road trip, the earlier, the better.
  • Thanksgiving morning is also a good time to leave, the earlier , the better.

Returning Home:

  • The day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24) before 6:00 a.m. is the best day and time to return from your Thanksgiving trip.
  • Saturday and Sunday (November 25 and 26) late afternoon are the worst days and times to return from your Thanksgiving road trip. Avoid being on the road between 11:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m. Traffic will be heavy during those times.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Saturday, try leaving as early as possible (before 6 a.m.) to avoid traffic delays.

Depending on where you’re heading, and how long the trip will be, you might be able to schedule the time when you are on the road to at avoid the worst of it.

Adjust your schedule or route and consider these options:

  • Take a bypass route around large cities
  • Tune to a radio station and monitor the traffic reports
  • If you have mobile access, Use live-traffic-reports.com to monitor traffic
  • Stop at a rest area if headed into heavy traffic and wait until the worst of it has subsided
  • Avoid shopping districts (Black Friday is usually gridlocked around major shopping areas)

Drive responsibly and have a safe trip!


For more I-4 travel information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

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Double Lane Closures, Rolling Roadblocks on I-4 in Orlando Beginning Tomorrow

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that two lanes in both directions of Interstate 4 (I-4) between State Road (S.R.) 436 and S.R. 434 are closing nightly for nearly one week starting the night of Sunday, October 22.

The closures will alternate each night beginning Sunday evening with the westbound lanes. The westbound I-4 lane closures will begin at 8:30 p.m. and conclude at 6:00 a.m. On the nights for eastbound I-4 lane closures, they will begin at 9:30 p.m. and conclude at 7:00 a.m.

In conjunction with these alternating closures, rolling roadblocks will occur on Sunday and Monday nights on westbound and eastbound I-4, respectively. The rolling roadblocks may occur any time between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. to allow for a 30-minute window to facilitate girder placement. Westbound and eastbound I-4 entrance ramps will be temporarily blocked. As the rolling roadblock passes each interchange, law enforcement officers will reopen its entrance ramp. In total, seven eastbound and four westbound I-4 entrance ramps will be temporarily closed during the rolling roadblock operations.

The nightly closures and rolling roadblocks are necessary to safely set steel girders over I-4 for the reconstruction of the Central Parkway overpass.

Also, motorists should expect closures the weekend of October 20 on the westbound lanes of Central Parkway, east of the Douglas Avenue intersection, and the northbound lanes of Douglas Avenue, north of the Central Parkway intersection. The continuous weekend closures will end at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 23. Beginning Monday night and continuing until Thursday morning, these closures of Central Parkway and Douglas Avenue will occur nightly from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.

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.


For more I-4 construction information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

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I-4 Beyond the Ultimate PD&E Reevaluation Study (video)

The Florida Department of Transportation is conducting the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Reevaluation Study.

Consisting of the sections of I-4 from US 27 to SR 435 (Kirkman Road) and from SR 434 to SR 472, this study is a reevaluation of PD&E studies that were previously completed 12 to 15 years ago.

The adjacent I-4 section from SR 435 (Kirkman Road) to SR 434 in Orange and Seminole Counties is referred to as the I-4 Ultimate section and will be reconstructed to include the addition of express lanes.


For more I-4 construction information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

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Ray Rush Coming to Aquatica Orlando in 2018

A brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in spring 2018. Ray Rush promises to be a fully-loaded water adventure which will combine three unique slide elements, never before seen at Aquatica, into one action-packed attraction the entire family can enjoy together.

Rendering of Ray Rush, a brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld’s Waterpark in spring 2018.

At nearly 60 feet tall, Ray Rush is where family and friends can take on three exciting thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before. First, riders will be launched at 33 feet per second with water jets designed to propel rafts into the first of several enclosed tube sections. Next, riders will swirl into a colossal translucent sphere which spins the raft around the slide walls before entering another enclosed tube section. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray. Rafts will soar back and forth on the wings of the manta before entering the final enclosed tube section that ends with a splash.

“Ray Rush will offer a ride experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to combine these three unique elements into one attraction,” said Cathy Valeriano, Aquatica Orlando vice president. “Ray Rush is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando.”

Ray Rush will have a height requirement of 42″ to appeal to families with children and will accommodate up to four riders per raft. The new slide will be located on the north side of the park next to Walkabout Waters.

In order to make way for the new attraction, HooRoo Run will close permanently on October 31, 2017. To accommodate construction, Walhalla Wave will temporarily close on this date and re-open in spring 2018 alongside Ray Rush. For a limited-time, Aquatica Pass Members will receive a one-time Quick Queue to ride both HooRoo Run and Walhalla Wave on select days in October before construction begins in November.

The best way to experience Aquatica is with an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass. For a limited-time, Florida residents can purchase an Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass for only $10 per month with EZpay. Aquatica Pass Members enjoy unlimited admission and free parking as well as discounts and the opportunity to be among the first to ride Ray Rush when it opens in spring 2018. For more information, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.


For more I-4 travel information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

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Eastbound I-4 in Downtown Orlando Closing at Night, Detours Outlined

The Florida Department of Transportation is temporarily closing at night eastbound I-4 between Gore Street and Amelia Street. The closure will occur from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, October 2, and Tuesday, October 3. Law enforcement officers will monitor each signaled intersection on the detour route of Garland Avenue between South Street and Colonial Drive (State Road [S.R.] 50) to promote traffic flow.

In addition, the westbound and eastbound S.R. 408 exit ramps to eastbound I-4, the eastbound I-4 exit ramp to Amelia Street and eastbound I-4 entrance ramp from Anderson Street will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on October 1–3. The closures are necessary to remove two overhead sign structures over I-4.

Rolling roadblocks on westbound I-4 ( from Maitland Boulevard (S.R. 414) to Central Boulevard will occur between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. on October 2–3 to aid in the removal of the sign structures.

Traveling Eastbound on I-4:

  • Exit eastbound I-4 at Exit 82B onto South Street.
  • Continue northbound on Garland Avenue.
  • Enter eastbound I-4 from Garland Avenue just beyond Amelia Street.

Traveling Eastbound on S.R. 408:

  • Exit eastbound S.R. 408 at Exit 10C.
  • Keep right and merge onto Lucerne Circle.
  • Turn right onto Orange Avenue, which becomes Rosalind Avenue.
  • Continue on Rosalind Avenue, which becomes Magnolia Avenue.
  • Enter eastbound I-4 from Magnolia Avenue.

Traveling Westbound on S.R. 408:

  • Exit westbound S.R. 408 at Exit 11A.
  • At end of ramp, turn left onto South Street.
  • Turn right onto Garland Avenue.
  • Enter eastbound I-4 from Garland Avenue just beyond Amelia Street.

Traveling on Westbound Anderson Street to Eastbound I-4:

  • Turn right onto Division Avenue.
  • Turn right onto South Street.
  • Turn left onto Garland Avenue.
  • Enter eastbound I-4 from Garland Avenue just beyond Amelia Street.

Traveling on Eastbound Anderson Street to Eastbound I-4:

  • Turn left onto Rosalind Avenue.
  • Turn left onto South Street.
  • Turn right onto Garland Avenue.
  • Enter eastbound I-4 from Garland Avenue just beyond Amelia Street.

For more I-4 construction information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

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Orlando Moonlights as Halloween Vacation Capital

This fall, Halloween fanatics flock to Orlando as the ultimate Halloween Vacation Capital. The destination, recently named AAA’s top destination for fall travel and known for immersive experiences, brings its creativity to the holiday with a host of highly themed events and attractions; hotel packages; and even the largest horror convention in the nation.

Including both family-friendly frights and extreme adult scares, over 10 weeks of Halloween festivities take place throughout the destination, including at the world-famous theme parks. October kicks off the height of the season, although some of the festivities started as early as August 25 and extend as late as November 4.

Visit Orlando, Orlando’s official visitor resource, has created a special web page to help travelers plan a ghoulish getaway. Find a few haunted highlights below, or the full frightful list at VisitOrlando.com/Halloween, and follow #OrlandoHalloween for real-time updates.

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For more I-4 travel information, visit www.i4exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to Interstate 4. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Tampa to Daytona!

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-95 Exit GuideI-5 Exit GuideI-10 Exit Guide and I-75 Exit Guide.