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ORLANDO — The traffic shift of the westbound Interstate 4 (I-4) exit ramp to Michigan Street, delayed earlier this week, is due to take place after midnight/overnight. Work is scheduled to be complete by 5 a.m. Crews delayed the opening due to cooler temperatures that would affect paving and striping work, customarily done during the overnight hours.


When the new westbound I-4 exit to Michigan Street (Exit 81A) opens Thursday morning, December 14, motorists will have to make their decisions to exit one mile sooner. Traffic will exit westbound I-4 via a new lengthened ramp on the right. The ramp is connected to the existing westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Gore Street and State Road (S.R.) 408. Motorists seeking to enter westbound I-4 should prepare to merge with traffic to avoid continuing to the ramp to Michigan Street. The westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Kaley Avenue is unaffected by this ramp shift.


A handout detailing the shift and new traffic movement is available online to view or download at: http://fdot.tips/WBI4exit81A


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.


The I-4 Ultimate project is rebuilding 21 miles of Interstate 4 (I-4) from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County. The work includes adding two new dynamic tolled Express Lanes in each direction, replacing more than 140 bridges, reconfiguring 15 major interchanges and reconstructing the entire roadway.