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Officials meet to make I-4 project run smoothly for motorists

Project to span 21 miles, add 100 bridges

ORLANDO, Fla. – For the second straight day, transportation experts from around the state of Florida are meeting in Orlando at the airport Hyatt to discuss how to smoothly transition into the upcoming construction project on Interstate 4.

The mega development is going to change the morning rush to work for thousands of drivers, and the project starts in just a few weeks.

On Friday, the experts will discuss toll roads and will also look at the SunRail schedule, trying to figure out ways to maximize the number of people riding so there's less cars on the interstate.

The Florida Department of Transportation has termed the plan as "I-4 Ultimate Project."  A total of 21 miles will be completely reconstructed, from State Road 434 in Longwood to Kirkman Road in Orlando. FDOT is redoing 15 major interchanges and building more than 100 bridges.

The widening project includes the addition of four toll express lanes. Two will go in each direction down the middle of I-4.

Although most of the lane closures will be overnight, crews will be working on the entire stretch at one time.