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Kirkman Road / Grand National Drive

If you are planning a trip to Universal Studios, be sure to take advantage of the new pedestrian bridge that will be built across Kirkman Road. This value-added concept will significantly improve the safety of pedestrians walking from the theme parks to the hotels. Drivers will also notice improved traffic operations at the Kirkman Road interchange because the pedestrian signal will be eliminated. Traffic will also flow smoother in this busy area thanks to the new Grand National Drive overpass, which connects directly to the Express Lanes.

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Florida’s Turnpike

The Turnpike interchange was already under construction when I-4 Ultimate began, adding a lane to the Turnpike’s southbound entry and exit ramps, adding a lane to the northbound exit ramp and increasing capacity. More lanes added during I-4 Ultimate help relieve congestion at the ramps during peak travel hours.

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Conroy Road

Drivers might recognize the pylons featured throughout the project corridor — the monuments were inspired by the existing pylons at the Conroy Road interchange! While the interchange isn’t being rebuilt, the pylons that once served as a gateway to the city of Orlando now act as an aesthetic treatment and wayfinding device for the entire 21-mile project.

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John Young Parkway

John Young Parkway underwent a makeover in 2007 to get ready for I-4 Ultimate and served as the first portion of the highway’s transformation. Drivers are already familiar with the flyover exit ramp and now have access to two Express Lanes that help to further alleviate heavy rush hour congestion.

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Orange Blossom Trail

Gone is the left-hand exit to get onto Orange Blossom Trail! Drivers will now encounter a more expected right-hand exit. In addition, the westbound I-4 exit ramp will be realigned to sweep further away from the mainline before crossing Orange Blossom Trail. This new design reduces noise impacts and lowers the mainline profile.

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Michigan/Kaley

Drivers will experience improved travel time and reduced travel delay at the new dual Michigan-Kaley interchange that features interconnected ramps. At Kaley Avenue, dual right-turn lanes will be added from the eastbound exit ramp. The new design will provide significant long-term maintenance and rehabilitation cost savings and even avoid bridge work at the relic sinkhole in Lake Angel.

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State Road 408

Drivers will recognize a highly increased ease of access at the State Road 408 interchange, thanks in large part to the key innovation of the direct connection from the Express Lanes. Required by FDOT, this design feature also provides a direct connection with improved access at South Street. The direct connection does not add another level to the interchange, thereby providing safer construction and maintenance.

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Colonial

There used to be a bottleneck on eastbound I-4 between Colonial Drive and Princeton Street that impacted traffic flow throughout the downtown area. The addition of an auxiliary lane improves the capacity of the general use lanes and the level of service, helping drivers navigate this former “pinch point.”

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Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe is often viewed as the gateway to downtown Orlando. To reinforce that sentiment, entry landscaping, vertical monuments and lighting features will be added to I-4. These elements help create a signature corridor and unify the entire 21-mile project. Drivers also have direct access to the Express Lanes here.

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Par Street/Princeton Street

Want to visit Loch Haven Park, the Orlando Science Center or the Orlando Shakespeare Center? An additional right turn lane on the Princeton Street exit ramp significantly reduces congestion in this area and provides better traffic flow to these attractions and Florida Hospital Orlando.

Drivers will also notice an additional auxiliary lane on eastbound I-4 from Princeton Street to Fairbanks Avenue. With this new lane, the roadway’s capacity is increased and ready to accommodate future traffic growth.

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Fairbanks Ave. / Winter Park

The Fairbanks Curve previously had the highest accident record along the I-4 corridor. Now drivers will notice the roadway has been realigned to increase the sight distance and improve safety. An additional auxiliary lane between Princeton Street and Fairbanks Avenue increases the capacity of the roadway, allowing more cars to move through the once over-capacity area.

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Lee Road

Drivers will notice fewer delays here. An additional left-turn lane onto eastbound I-4 greatly improves the capacity of the intersection and significantly reduces exit ramp delays. The increased capacity also improves the safety of the intersections.

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Kennedy Boulevard

Kennedy Boulevard travels through Historic Eatonville, the first all-black town to incorporate in the country. To pay homage to this unique town, key landscape and aesthetic features were added along the corridor. Drivers wishing to visit this area should exit at Lee Road or Maitland Boulevard, since Kennedy Boulevard remains an overpass with no ramp connections.

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Maitland

You may notice a more efficient traffic flow during morning and evening peak hours in this business park area. That’s because there is a new interchange coming at Maitland Boulevard and Maitland Summit. The new interchange ties into Keller Road, greatly improving the amount of traffic through Maitland Boulevard and reducing delays. Another instantly recognizable feature is the new pedestrian bridge, a bold visual feature identifying the Maitland community.

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State Road 436

The Altamonte area is home to A-FIRST, an innovative project that diverts runoff from I-4, stores it, treats it and then sends it to areas where it is needed for irrigation saves millions of dollars. If you are headed to the Altamonte Mall or Crane’s Roost Park, you might notice something different – a new pedestrian tunnel! The tunnel allows pedestrians to safely cross under State Road 436 at the Douglas/Wymore intersection.

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Central Parkway

Drivers will again notice those decorative pylons here. A new feature in this location is a direct access ramp at Central Parkway, allowing drivers to get into the Express Lanes without being on I-4 first. The direct access improves ramp access at State Road 434 and State Road 436, contributing to a smoother traffic flow in the area.

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State Road 434

As drivers approach the eastern terminus of the project, they might notice a little extra greenery at the State Road 434 interchange. Those plants aren’t just there to look pretty — they serve a purpose! Using native plant materials significantly reduces maintenance costs by minimizing the need for irrigation systems. Drivers can directly access the Express Lanes from nearby Central Parkway.

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Area 4 – Altamonte

Traveling west from Daytona Beach, drivers will enter the I-4 Ultimate project limits just east of the State Road 434 interchange in Seminole County. If your trip takes you all the way through the city, you will experience a reliable travel time that reaches the attractions in a timely manner. Commuters can also access the Longwood SunRail station, which is located at the intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Church Avenue.

Express Lanes are planned to continue from the State Road 434 interchange all the way up to State Road 472 in Volusia County, an additional 19 miles, with I-4 Beyond the Ultimate. To learn more about the plans for improvements throughout the rest of Seminole and Volusia counties, please visit I4Express.com.

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Area 3 – Ivanhoe

As you make your way to the Amway Center from the east, you will enter the Ivanhoe area — a main access point to and from downtown Orlando. A high level of aesthetics was incorporated here, including entry landscape, vertical monuments, lighting features and dynamic illuminated pylons that demark the gateway.
Drivers will also enjoy additional auxiliary lanes eastbound, from Colonial Drive to Princeton Street, westbound from Maitland Boulevard to Lee Road and eastbound from Princeton Street to Fairbanks Avenue. These new lanes increase the amount of traffic the area can accommodate and improves the level of service. No more traffic jams as you leave that downtown concert!

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Area 2 – Downtown

The downtown Orlando stretch of I-4 is home to eight interchanges, including State Road 408. Whether you are just passing through or headed to one of downtown’s many cultural attractions, you’ll notice a more aesthetically pleasing design and a more open-air feel. Drivers and pedestrians alike will experience a true transformation as the bridges and the spaces underneath are beautified with green space and lighting accents. Did you happen to see that color-changing lighting? It’s all about creating a signature corridor that screams “Florida!”

SunRail parallels I-4 here, and the LYNX Central Station is located on Garland Avenue, making this area a transit hub. In addition, direct connections to the Express Lanes are provided at South Street and Anderson Street.

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Area 1 – Attractions

Traveling east on I-4, drivers will enter the project limits just west of Kirkman Road in Orange County, with direct access to the Express Lanes from Grand National Drive. The direct access will be marked with decorative pylons — a signature aesthetic treatment drivers will encounter throughout the corridor.
I-4 Beyond the Ultimate is planned to continue the improvements of I-4 from Kirkman Road to U.S. 27 in Polk County, extending another 21.2 miles. To learn more about the plans for this segment of I-4, please visit I4Express.com.

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