I-4 construction to close busy Orlando on-ramp for six months

I-4, Colonial Drive on-ramp closes Feb. 2

ORLANDO, Fla. – Construction crews are closing a busy Orlando Interstate 4 on-ramp for at least six months to build new lanes for the I-4 Ultimate Project.

Starting as soon as 10 p.m. Sunday, the I-4 westbound entrance ramp from Colonial Drive will be shut down.

After the ramp closes, drivers will be directed south on Hughey Avenue for about a mile to the westbound on-ramp at South Street.

Danny Miller, who works near the interstate, said he had concerns over the increased traffic from the closure.

"Right now, I-4 is crazy," he said. "It's already chaos around the ramps during rush hour, so I'm sure it will be more."

To accommodate the additional traffic, project leaders said the third lane of Hughey Avenue will be opened between Colonial Drive and South Street.

"I'm hopeful that when it's done, it will be an improvement for downtown," Miller said.

In addition to the closure, Colonial Drive under I-4 will also close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Feb. 2. Project leaders said the nightly closures are needed for bridge work at the intersection.

Editor’s note: The original story stated that the closure would happen Friday. The story was updated to reflect a delay in the closure date and time.

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