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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!


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I-4 Construction Requires Lane Closures in Tampa Bay Area

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following I-4 construction and maintenance projects in the Tampa Bay area that may impact travelers, through November 4, 2017:

  • Tampa – The right lane may be closed on the westbound I-4 ramp to I-75 (Exit 9) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday (October 29 – November 2) nights.
  • Tampa – One lane may be closed and controlled by flagging operations on Sligh Avenue under the I-4/I-75 interchange area any time of the day or night Friday and Saturday (October 27 and 28) and Monday through Saturday (October 30 – November 4).

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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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.


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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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Biketoberfest is On, Pass it On!

Biketoberfest® officially kicks off with a press conference Thursday, October 19, at 10 a.m. at Daytona International Speedway. The event is open to the public. Held on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley Stage next to the FPL Solar Pavilion in the Midway, this fan-friendly area is also a major hub of Biketoberfest® activity.

The rally tradition will continue along Main Street, Riverfront Park and Midtown in Daytona Beach, as well as at Destination Daytona and U.S. Hwy 1 in Ormond Beach, and throughout Volusia County in nearby New Smyrna Beach and DeLand.


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At the Official Biketoberfest® Welcome Center on Beach Street, staff will be handing out free (while supplies last) 25th Anniversary collectible Official Biketoberfest® posters, pocket guides and pins, and encouraging visitors to mark their home town on world maps. To pre-register for a 25th Anniversary pin, visit Biketoberfest.org.

Signature Events:

  • Pre-Biketoberfest® events: Daytona Blues Festival October 6-8 and Fuel-Up Concert at Destination Daytona, October 14
  • Free (while supplies last) Official Biketoberfest® 25th Anniversary Collectible poker chips, posters, pins and pocket guides at the Official Biketoberfest® Welcome Center on Beach Street, October 19-22
  • Main Street, Riverfront and Midtown Street Festivals, October 19-22
  • Live music at legendary Iron Horse Saloon/US1 in Ormond Beach, October 19-22
  • Free Biketoberfest® Concert with Journey Tribute band Don’t Stop Believin’ at Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club, October 19
  • Beach and Bikes Historical Exhibit at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, October 20-22
  • Old Speed Show at New Smyrna Speedway, October 21
  • 34th Annual Race of Champions Championship Cup Series Motorcycle Race and American Sportbike Racing Association Motorcycle Race at Daytona International Speedway, October 21-22, and Hot Leathers Fashion Show, October 21

New! 25th Anniversary Poker Chip
“New this year is a 25th anniversary poker chip from Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club,” said Kay Galloway, director of marketing and design for the CVB. “The card club is holding a special event on opening day October 19 with vendors and special give-aways.” Rally goers can pick up a free collectible poker chip at the Welcome Center on Beach Street or one of the CVB’s two Visitor Centers located at Daytona International Speedway and Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona HarleyDavidson at Destination Daytona Complex.


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Traffic Alert: Rolling Roadblocks on I-4 in Orlando This Week

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that rolling roadblocks on westbound Interstate 4 (I-4) from Maitland Boulevard (State Road 414) to State Road (S.R.) 408 are scheduled between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. on October 2–3.

To ensure no vehicles jump ahead of the rolling roadblock, westbound I-4 entrance ramps will be temporarily blocked by law enforcement officers. As the pace car passes an interchange, its westbound I-4 entrance ramp will be reopened allowing motorists to enter and join the slow roll.

The rolling roadblock and temporary closures of westbound I-4 entrance ramps create a 30-minute window for crews to remove two overhead sign structures over I-4.

Multiple rolling roadblocks are scheduled to occur. Public safety vehicles (law enforcement, fire rescue, etc.) are permitted to skip past the rolling roadblock to respond to an emergency call. A detour of eastbound I-4 from Gore Street to Amelia Street will occur between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. on October 2–3 to aid in the removal of the sign structures.

Closure subject to change. Construction progress, roadway conditions and weather may require schedule adjustments.


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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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I-4 Construction Requires Long Term Street Closure in Orlando

Hughey Avenue from Church Street to South Street in Orlando is closing for approximately one year beginning the night of Sunday, October 1.

The closure will provide a safe work zone for I-4 Ultimate crews to construct the new westbound I-4 exit ramp to State Road (S.R.) 408.

The intersections of Church Street and South Street will remain open for vehicles and pedestrians to travel across Hughey Avenue. A covered pedestrian walkway will be constructed on Church Street to allow pedestrians to safely cross through the construction area.

For motorists heading south on Hughey Avenue from Colonial Drive (S.R. 50), the detour around this closure will be:

  • Right onto Central Boulevard
  • Left onto Division Avenue
  • Left onto South Street

Access will be limited on Hughey Avenue from Central Boulevard to Church Street during events at the Amway Center.


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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Updated I-4 Construction Lane and Ramp Closures in Orlando

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following updated I-4 construction lane and ramp closures in the Orlando metro area:

  • Intermittent nightly road closure on NB/SB Division Avenue from SR-408 to Gore Street
    September 05 – September 19
    Sunday – Friday 10 PM – 6 AM
  • Intermittent nightly lane closure on NB S. Orange Avenue from W Lucerne Circle to Anderson Street: 2 left lanes closed.
    September 14 – September 16
    10 PM – 6 AM
  • Intermittent nightly lane closure on EB I-4 from John Young Parkway to Ivanhoe Boulevard: 2 left lanes closed. September 01 – October 01
    Sunday – Friday 10:30 PM – 6:30 AM
  • Intermittent nightly ramp closure on EB I-4 to SR-423/Lee Road.
    September 05 – September 19
    Everyday 10 PM – 5 AM
  • Intermittent nightly ramp closure on EB I-4 from SR-423/Lee Road.
    September 14 – September 26
    Sunday – Friday 10 PM – 5 AM
  • Intermittent nightly ramp closure on EB I-4 from Fairbanks Avenue.
    September 14 – September 26
    Everyday 10 PM – 5 AM
  • Intermittent nightly ramp closure on EB I-4 to Fairbanks Avenue.
    September 15 – September 25
    Everyday 10 PM – 5 AM
  • Intermittent nightly lane closure on EB I-4 from Par Street to SR-414/Maitland Boulevard: 2 right lanes closed. September 14 – September 26
    Everyday 9:30 PM – 7 AM
  • Continuous ramp closure on WB I-4 to SR-434.
    Beginning September 11 at 12 AM
  • Intermittent nightly lane closure on WB SR-436 from Palm Springs Drive to Westmonte Drive: 2 left lanes closed. September 01 – September 30
    Sunday – Friday 10 PM – 5 AM

All alerts are for planned activities, which may be cancelled or changed due to weather and other circumstances.


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!

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.