Tourist corridor road project will mean I-4 traffic woes

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A new road project under way in south Orange County could finally bring some relief to traffic congestion on Interstate 4 and roads in the tourist area. But drivers on I-4 will have to deal with delays first.

Chrisanne Jensen said she tries to avoid Sand Lake Road in the I-4 area at all costs during tourist season.

"You can get stuck at this light three times before you can even get through," said Jensen, standing along Sand Lake Road.

She said she is all for an alternate road that will take traffic off the main road to her home in the Dr. Phillips area.

A $20 million overpass will cross over I-4 and connect International Drive and Palm Parkway.

An Orange County spokesperson said that once the roadwork is done in 2014, it will take traffic off of Sand Lake Road and State Road 535.

Michael Chucka said he sees the heavy traffic every day near Disney.

"When the fire rescue comes through they can't even get through," said Chucka. "You come down here around nine at night and traffic is backed up, I mean bumper to bumper."

On some nights, while construction crews connect both ends of the flyover, traffic on the interstate will be squeezed down to one lane.

The lane closures will happen nearly every night in August.

Jensen said she doesn't mind the lane reductions. She said she sees it as a temporary inconvenience for a growing problem that won't go away on its own.

The county is paying for construction of the project through impact fees.

A private company gave the county land for the project and paid for design costs.

Lane closures on I-4 near SeaWorld will start Wednesday at 9 p.m.