With a goal of improving safety, mobility and connectivity in Central Florida, the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate comprises six design segments and several interim projects — all with the goal of rebuilding and improving 40 miles of Interstate 4 (I-4). I-4 Beyond the Ultimate is an extension of the I-4 Ultimate project that continues the reconstruction of I-4 20 miles to the east and 20 miles to the west. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) oversees the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate and I-4 Ultimate projects.
It will improve the pavement, bridges and interchanges. It also will improve the aesthetics (the look and design). In addition, the work will make significant upgrades to the infrastructure to allow for the collection and communication of vital traffic data that helps support innovative technologies such as connected vehicles (cars and trucks that communicate with each other) and self-driving cars.
The project will improve about 40 miles of I-4 Ultimate. It picks up where the I-4 Ultimate project leaves off. It adds 20 miles to eastern end and 20 miles to the western end of I-4 Ultimate. The projects, of course, will connect seamlessly. I-4 Beyond the Ultimate adds express lanes to the interstate, but the addition will not cause the loss of any of the non-tolled general use lanes.
I-4 Beyond the Ultimate extends about 20 miles beyond the eastern end of I-4 Ultimate, stretching from east of S.R. 434 in Seminole County to just east of S.R. 472 in Volusia County. On the western end, the project will run about 20 miles from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County through part of Osceola County to just west of the U.S. 27 interchange in Polk County. I-4 Beyond the Ultimate construction projects will match the look of I-4 Ultimate and will appear nearly seamless to motorists. But the improvements will move forward in smaller increments. In other words, construction will focus on a few miles at a time, rather than 20 or more miles at once.
I-4 Beyond the Ultimate construction projects will match the look of I-4 Ultimate and will appear nearly seamless to motorists. But the improvements will move forward in smaller increments. In other words, construction will focus on a few miles at a time, rather than 20 or more miles at once.
Two interim projects will start in 2019 in Seminole County to improve traffic flow on eastbound Interstate 4 (I-4) and extend the life of the I-4 travel lanes. As soon as 2022, the first complete reconstruction of an interchange for I-4 Beyond the Ultimate is expected to begin at Sand Lake Road (State Road 482).
The project is divided into six design segments. Each must undergo a stringent, multi-step process that includes planning, environmental study, preliminary design, right-of-way considerations, design and construction. While the sections stand at different points in the overall process, the important Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Reevaluation Study has been finalized for the entire project.
The construction of an additional lane on eastbound Interstate 4 (I-4) from the end of the I-4 Ultimate project (east of State Road 434) to west of Lake Mary Boulevard and the reconstruction of the E.E. Williamson bridge over I-4 began in the summer of 2019. This project also includes the milling and resurfacing of eastbound I-4 travel lanes from the end of the I-4 Ultimate project to Lake Mary Boulevard.
Another interim construction project that began in the summer of 2019 is the milling and resurfacing of eastbound I-4 travel lanes from Lake Mary Boulevard to County Road (C.R.) 46A and from S.R. 46 to the Seminole-Volusia county line.
The PD&E Study process was developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in response to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The study helps ensure that transportation projects are developed with consideration of current engineering standards, project costs and minimization of social and environmental impacts. It also seeks to involve the public throughout the entire study process. View I-4 Beyond the Ultimate PD&E documents here.
The overall goal of the study is to develop a viable roadway concept that satisfies the project purpose and need while, at the same time, minimizing social, economic and environmental impacts. It also incorporates community input. The study also will insure the project receives approval from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), FDOT and agency partners. The results of the study will help determine the type, location and design configuration of the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate project.
FDOT is committed to continuing public outreach throughout the duration of the project. A website, social media, newsletters, surveys, meetings and presentations, as well as ongoing communication through the media will be used to solicit feedback and keep the public informed of the status of the project and community outreach activities.