State Road 408 reopens at I-4 after storms pass through Orlando area

Loose scaffolding, wind cause closure

ORLANDO, Fla. – State Road 408 at Interstate 4 reopened Thursday night, about an hour after it was shut down due to loose scaffolding, windy conditions and debris, according to the Orlando Police Department.

Authorities said a trooper reported seeing debris and police arrived to find the scaffolding unstable at a nearby construction site.

“The loose pieces were removed and the remaining support brackets of the scaffolding are secure,” Orlando police said.

The road reopened in both directions around 7 p.m.

The Florida Department of Transportation said in a statement the closure was a decision made with local law enforcement after a driver reported wood in the roadway on SR 408.

“After investigating the situation, the decision was made by law enforcement to close the road,” FDOT communications manager Steve Olson said. “During the road closure, I-4 Ultimate crews inspected and ensured the bridge formwork was secure. After a thorough inspection of the area, law enforcement reopened the roadway in coordination with FDOT. The debris reported by the driver was not part of the I-4 Ultimate project, from what is known at this time.”

Strong storms passed through the Orlando area, but there were no reports of damage.

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