ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Starting at 5am, drivers will notice a difference in a 1.5 mile stretch of the eastbound lanes of I-4 near Kirkman Road.
The eastbound lanes currently curve to the right, but starting Friday, that curve will no longer be in use. It will be a straight-shot for the 120,000 drivers who travel through the area every day.
The traffic shift will move the eastbound I-4 lanes, between Sand Lake Road and Grand National Drive, adjacent to the westbound I-4 travel lanes. The most noticeable difference for motorists will be Exit 75B to northbound Kirkman Road moves to the right side of I-4.
Spokesperson David Parks says this shift means crews are closer to finishing up construction in this busy area, near I-Drive and Universal Studios.
David Parks/ I-4 spokesperson:
"It's exciting when we have one of these shifts because it's another milestone in the project. It's another target. It's another goal that's hit. For drivers. Every time there's a change, it's a little bit of a learning curve."
The exit to Universal Boulevard (Exit 75A) remains in the same location. View or download a map of the traffic shift at: http://fdot.tips/Exit75B.
Progress around the I-4 and Kirkman Road interchange this year has been significant. The new Grand National Drive overpass opened to motorists in early August.
The new westbound I-4 exit ramp to southbound Kirkman Road was ready for use in October, and the southbound Kirkman Road bridge over I-4 opened in March. View or download a handout detailing all the future improvements at Kirkman Road at: http://fdot.tips/kirkman Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.
Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone.
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