The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Osceola County held a public hearing regarding design plans for improvements to Interstate 4 (I-4) and County Road (C.R.) 532 near ChampionsGate in Osceola County on September 16.
The purpose of these projects is to provide operational and safety improvements to the I-4 and C.R. 532 interchange, as well as on I-4 between C.R. 532 and State Road (S.R.) 429. The public hearing was held to present information and obtain public input regarding the proposed designs.
The Department offered two ways for the community to participate in the hearing. Attendees had the option of attending the Virtual Public Hearing (VPH) from a computer, tablet or phone. Alternatively, they could participate in person by going to the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in the Osceola County Conference Center. All participants, regardless of the platform they chose, participated in the same live hearing.
The design projects that were discussed included:
- I-4 and C.R. 532 Interchange Reconfiguration: Design plans reconfigure the I-4 and C.R. 532 interchange to a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). This is a joint project between Osceola County and FDOT. The county is designing the project, and FDOT will oversee its construction. A DDI removes turns across oncoming traffic, improving safety and traffic operation. The project will also add bike lanes and sidewalks along C.R. 532 for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity. Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021.
- I-4 Auxiliary Lane Additions: The project includes the addition of new eastbound and westbound I-4 auxiliary lanes, one in each direction, between the ramps of S.R. 429 and C.R. 532, as well as an auxiliary lane on northbound S.R. 429 between I-4 and Sinclair Road. This is an FDOT project. The project includes milling and resurfacing S.R. 429 between I-4 and Sinclair Road. Construction is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2021.
- I-4 Milling and Resurfacing: This project will mill and resurface eastbound and westbound I-4 from the Polk-Osceola County line to west of S.R. 417. This is an FDOT project. Construction is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2021.
To view the presentation and materials included in the public hearing regarding the I-4 projects at ChampionsGate, visit I4Beyond.com/ChampionsGate.