Permanent eastbound lanes open on I-4

Major traffic changes hit I-4 this weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. – Major traffic changes could be seen on Interstate 4 throughout the weekend and Monday, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

FDOT said there were several closures throughout the weekend that impacted both on-and-off ramps to several eastbound lanes stretching from Gore Street to Lee Road.

The eastbound I-4 entrance from the westbound lanes of S.R. 408 was closed overnight Saturday, and all I-4 eastbound lanes from Gore Street to South Street were shut down overnight Sunday.

"You just never know what changes are going to be there. Every day there's something different," said I-4 driver Keri Walker. "I have a crack in my windshield because of stuff being kicked up from off of the road from the construction. So, it's just, it's been a nightmare." 

On Monday morning, FDOT opened the new permanent eastbound lanes, stretching eight miles from Colonial Drive to Lee Road. 

"People don't pay attention. They don't stay in the lanes, they get impatient. They suffer from road rage," said I-4 driver Antonio Quinones. 

The changes come just about a week after flooding and debris blocked lanes near Princeton Street.

"We were at a standstill, and we couldn't figure out what was going on. And there was all kinds of construction debris and water and it was aweful," Walker said.

To see a map of the new configured lanes, CLICK HERE.

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