Project manager Heather Johnstone, P.E. answers questions at the March 31 public information meeting.

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twitter buttonLongwood residents discussed planned construction at the I-4 rest areas. Construction begins later this year to add capacity, fix ramps.
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Posted: April 24, 2015

More parking, new buildings, a safer exit ramp and proposed 12-foot barrier walls are some of the improvements travelers will see at the completely reconstructed I-4 rest areas in Seminole County.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has preliminary plans to demolish and rebuild the eastbound and westbound rest areas.

The ground of the westbound rest area will be raised to match the level of the new I-4 Ultimate, ensuring maximum safety on the entrance and exit ramps. Motorists will no longer need to weave through trucks and other vehicles while exiting onto State Road 434, as the westbound I-4 rest stop exit ramp will also be moved.

The eastbound rest area is being rebuilt to accommodate a new Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) building, which will also provide space for the Florida Highway Patrol.

Expected to begin December 2015, this project will be designed and built in phases, meaning construction will start before the design is finalized. The project is anticipated to take two years to complete; however, FDOT will only allow the rest areas to be closed for a maximum of 270 days (westbound) and 360 days (eastbound).

For more on the I-4 rest area construction, visit http://www.cflroads.com/project/434484-1/I-4_Rest_Areas_in_Seminole_County.