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I-4 Detours and Lane Closures May 14 Thru 22

The Florida Department of Transportation is reporting the following detours and lane closures on Interstate 4 from May 14 Thru 22:

– Overnight detour scheduled for I-4 eastbound (EB) between SR 44 and I-95 on Thursday (5/14/15) from 9:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Eastbound (EB) traffic will be detoured at the US 92 ramp and directed to eastbound (EB) US 92 to I-95.

– Thursday (5/14/15) — Nighttime detour of I-4 eastbound (EB) motorists at the US 92 ramp. Detour will direct motorists to eastbound (EB) US 92 to I-95 between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
– Sunday (5/17/15) through Thursday (5/21/15) — Nighttime (8 p.m.-6 a.m.) eastbound (EB) and westbound (WB) lane closures as needed for MOT work.
– Monday (5/18/15) and Friday (5/22/15) — Daytime (7 a.m.-5 p.m) I-4 eastbound (EB) and westbound (WB) outside shoulder closures from SR 44 to I-95.

Motorists should be aware of trucks entering and exiting the highway from the median and outside shoulders.

Motorists should be aware of traffic shifts on I-4 near SR 44 at ramp to US-92, and just west of I-95.

This project consists of widening I-4 (SR 400) to 6 lanes from east of SR 44 to west of I-95, and reconfiguration of the I-4 and US 92 Interchange. The existing left hand exit from eastbound I-4 to US 92 will be changed to a right hand exit. Project also includes 3 animal crossings.


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Florida DOT Using Billboards to Connect With Central Florida I-4 Drivers

Drivers along Interstate 4 in the Orlando metro area may notice new billboard signs installed which remind motorists the I-4 Ultimate project is soon underway in 2015.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has been acquiring right of way along the interstate necessary to construct the I-4 Ultimate project for almost a decade. Through this process, FDOT has acquired the property where several billboards are located. The billboard companies [Clear Channel Outdoor, Lamar Advertising and Outfront Media (formerly CBS Outdoor)] have been compensated for the acquisition and were allowed to continue displaying advertising through a leasing program with FDOT. Now that design of the I-4 Ultimate project has begun, FDOT will assume control of the billboards it owns. The billboards are located at:

  • Grand National Drive and Oakridge Road – A V-shaped sign on the right side of eastbound I-4.
  • I-4 and Orange Blossom Trail – A single-faced sign on the right side of I-4 along the eastbound ramp.
  • I-4 and Michigan Avenue – A single-faced sign on the left side of I-4 along the westbound ramp.
  • I-4 and Formosa Avenue and Minnesota Avenue – A V-shaped sign on the left side of westbound I-4.
  • I-4 and State Road 436 – A V-shaped sign on the right side of eastbound I-4.

Each of these billboards is located in the FDOT-owned right of way and will need to be removed as I-4 is widened. The exact timeline is not yet known — the billboards may need to be removed soon after construction begins, or may be able to remain well into construction.

To increase public awareness of the I-4 Ultimate project and the changes about to occur, FDOT intends to use these billboards in the meantime for project-specific messages. FDOT terminated the leases with the advertising agencies and provided Clear Channel Outdoor, Lamar Advertising and Outfront Media with a 30-day notice to relinquish the space.

It is important to note that FDOT owns these billboards and has made the cost-effective decision to use space it already owns to provide information to Central Floridians. FDOT is not purchasing any advertising space, and the only cost associated with this outreach campaign is the production and installation of the vinyl for the billboards.

During I-4 construction, and always, motorists are reminded to pay attention to road conditions, buckle up, and don’t text and drive.

I-4 Ultimate Construction Project Ready to Begin

I-4 Ultimate is an important project for Central Florida. The 21-mile makeover — from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County — will transform the region while connecting our communities, improving our economy and enhancing livability for everyone.

The goal of I-4 Ultimate is to create a signature corridor that connects communities, improves economies and enhances livability throughout the region. I-4 Ultimate is designed to reflect the best of Central Florida’s local context, history, unique community character and landscaping. Explore this section of the website to learn more about how this distinctive and memorable design will reinforce mobility, enhance the driver’s experience, engage communities and maximize accessibility.

Aesthetics

The I-4 Ultimate project is going to completely revamp the face of Central Florida. Most importantly, it will improve traffic flow by easing congestion. Some exciting things to look forward to include:

  • Four new tolled Express Lanes (two in each direction)
  • Thirteen widened bridges, 74 replaced bridges and 53 new bridges
  • Fifteen reconstructed major interchanges
  • A world-class signature pedestrian bridge
  • Accent lighting
  • Fountain illumination
  • Art sculptures and monuments
  • Bold landscape design
  • Monumental direct-connect pylons
  • Bridge architecture
  • Concrete paving
  • Steel tub girders
  • Architectural cladding

Innovation

FDOT is at the forefront of technological innovations and is shaping the way departments of transportation across the country generate new and better value for every transportation dollar invested. The I-4 Ultimate project is no exception. FDOT demanded innovation, and I-4 Mobility Partners delivered, offering 25 approved alternative technical concepts (innovative ideas) and 27 project technical enhancements (enhanced features).

Alternative technical concepts are proposed changes to basic configurations, the project scope, design criteria or construction criteria and provide an approach that is equal to or better than the requirements requested by FDOT. For I-4 Ultimate, I-4 Mobility Partners’ alternative technical concepts focus on:

  • Providing greater traffic flow reliability with auxiliary lanes and added movements
  • Providing greater consistency in driver expectancy and reduced travel times
  • Enhancing driver safety with sight distance improvements and alignments
  • Providing better community connections
  • Incorporating sustainability features, such as reutilized and recycled materials
  • Using better technology to improve long-term operations

Sound Abatement

The I-4 Ultimate project may include construction of sound barriers to help reduce sound between the interstate and adjacent neighborhoods. Many factors determine sound barrier locations. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) conducted multiple noise studies for the 21-mile I-4 project. Currently, eight locations in Orange and Seminole counties are eligible for sound barriers. A majority of property owners adjacent to the proposed barriers indicated their support for them when surveyed by FDOT. Based upon the completed noise studies, construction of sound barriers is considered for eight residential communities adjacent to I-4.

Historic Preservation

Central Florida is rich in history, with hundreds of buildings, districts and sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several of these places are within the project limits of I-4 Ultimate, including the town of Eatonville, Griffin Park and the Holden-Parramore Historic District. The team’s design was developed with historic preservation in mind, so impacts to these important areas will be lessened.

Once I-4 Ultimate is complete, the corridor will be a celebration of local history and heritage and will serve as a true reminder of what makes Central Florida unique. – See more at: http://i4ultimate.com/project-info/special-features/#sthash.paS76J4w.dpuf


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Photo Update: I-Drive 360 Construction On Schedule

Construction of “I-Drive 360”, a new entertainment, dining and shopping complex is full-speed ahead in Orlando. The highly anticipated entertainment destination, located on 20 acres of property between International Drive and Universal Boulevard is scheduled for a Spring 2015 grand opening.

The complex will include attractions, restaurants and retail stores. The centerpiece attraction will be “The Orlando Eye”, a 425 ft. tall wheel. The eye will include 30 gondolas that sit 15 people each. When completed it will be the tallest structure in Central Florida. Other major attractions will include a 25,000 sq. ft. Sea Life Aquarium and a equally sized Madame Tussaud’s Was Museum as well as another attraction, Skeletons: A Museum of Osteology. Right next door to I-Drive 360 is Kings Bowl, a 30,000 sq. ft. 22 lane bowling and entertainment complex that is already open.

Some features of the project are nearly complete, and others a well underway. Here’s our photo update of the construction, taken 10/1/14…

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
View of the main fountain feature looking east towards the Terminal Building main entrance of the Orlando Eye. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
View from the main fountain looking north towards several restaurants and retail buildings. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
View of the pools and water fountain features looking east from the south side of the project. The Orlando Eye Terminal Building is in the background. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
Another view of the pools, rock water falls and fountain features looking east from the south side of the project. The Orlando Eye Terminal Building is in the background. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
View of the pools and fountain features looking west from the north side of the project. International Drive is in the far background. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
Another view of the rock water falls and fountain features looking west from the north side of the project. To the right is the Orlando Eye Terminal Building. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
A view from the lawn in front of the main entrance of the Orlando Eye. This photo is looking west towards International Drive. The landscaping is beautiful! (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
A view of the construction staging area under the Orlando Eye taken from the top level of the parking garage. Universal Boulevard runs to the rear of the I-Drive 360 development. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
A view of the Orlando Eye under construction taken from the top level of the parking garage. The Orlando Convention Center (round roof) can be seen in the center far left of the photo. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
A view of International Drive looking northwest from the top level of the parking garage. You can see McDonald’s (center right) at the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

How I-4 Express Lanes Will Keep Traffic Moving

The I-4 Ultimate Project is an important highway construction project for Central Florida. The 21-mile makeover — from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County — will transform the region while connecting central Florida communities, improving our economy and enhancing livability for everyone.

The goal of I-4 Ultimate is to create a signature corridor that connects communities, improves economies and enhances livability throughout the region. I-4 Ultimate is designed to reflect the best of Central Florida’s local context, history, unique community character and landscaping. Explore this section of the website to learn more about how this distinctive and memorable design will reinforce mobility, enhance the driver’s experience, engage communities and maximize accessibility.

Work on I-4 Ultimate is underway! While your daily commute won’t be affected just yet, now is the perfect time to start planning so you’ll be prepared when construction begins in early 2015.