The managed lanes on Interstate 4 (I-4), known locally as I-4 Express, are now open.
On the morning of Saturday, February 26, Central Florida motorists gained access to the new lanes. The I-4 Express lanes, two in each direction of Interstate 4 (I-4), begin just west of Kirkman Road (State Road (S.R.) 435) and continue 21 miles to east of S.R. 434.
The Florida Department of Transportation appreciates your patience with additional congestion on the roadway while drivers adjust to new traffic patterns and go through the learning experience. While FDOT understands the excitement around the new roadway, the Department looks forward to being able to provide a reliable transportation option to those driving longer trips through Central Florida once traffic normalizes.
FDOT is giving all I-4 drivers the opportunity to experience the managed lanes for free. During the first few days of operation, there will be no charge to travel I-4 Express while motorists navigate the highly anticipated new roadway. Following the free days, starting Thursday, March 3, toll rates will then be fixed at 50 cents per tolling segment as an introductory rate. Traveling the entire length of I-4 Express will cost $3.50 for eastbound and $3.00 for westbound during the introductory period. Tolls are collected electronically, and motorists need a properly mounted SunPass or another Florida-accepted transponder. There is no cash or TOLL-BY-PLATE option.
Following the introductory rate, toll pricing will be adjusted based on traffic volumes in I-4 Express to manage congestion. Overhead signage will always display the current rate per trip ahead of each entrance. Vehicles with two axles are allowed in I-4 Express. Vehicles with three or more axles are not allowed unless they are designated emergency vehicles. Examples of vehicles with three or more axles may include trucks, large recreational vehicles (RVs), and vehicles pulling trailers.
Motorists are reminded to drive alert and undistracted and pay attention to signage as navigational systems may not yet be up to date. If in an emergency in I-4 Express, use the shoulders and wait for first responders. Road Rangers, who can be reached by dialing *347 (*FHP), also will be available to assist first responders as well as make minor mechanical repairs.
To learn more about I-4 Express, visit i4express.com to browse videos, a trip planner and other resources.
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