ORLANDO, Fla. - Three changes will be made to Interstate 4 traffic patterns near downtown Orlando Friday and Monday, the Florida Department of Transportation said.
A temporary entry ramp from southbound South Orange Blossom Trail to westbound I-4 will open early Monday, FDOT spokeswoman Jessica Ottaviano said.
The ramp will be lengthened by two-thirds of a mile, quadrupling the previous ramp's length. About a quarter mile of newly paved lanes of westbound I-4 also open Monday.
A quarter-mile stretch of two westbound lanes of State Road 408 between Summerlin Avenue and South Parramore Avenue will also open early Friday, FDOT said.
"The traffic shift is a milestone for the I-4 Ultimate project as westbound S.R. 408 motorists will be using newly constructed bridges between eastbound and westbound S.R. 408," Ottaviano said.
Twenty-one miles of the interstate -- from South Kirkman Road in Orlando to West State Road 434 near Longwood -- will be reconstructed as part of the $2.3 billion project, which will be completed in 2021.
Drivers are asked to travel at a safe speed while driving through construction zones.
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