I-4 Express in ChampionsGate, more to come from infrastructure initiative
FDOT announced updates to “Moving Florida Forward,” what Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed in January and later saw approved by the state Legislature as a way to ease traffic congestion in Central Florida by injecting $4 billion from the General Revenue Surplus into local infrastructure projects.
Florida traffic leaders launch campaign to curb distracted driving
More than 7,000 people died in crashes involving teens between Memorial Day and Labor Day over a nine-year period and traffic officials are starting a campaign to help curb the distracted driving behind this, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
Railroad crossing: Here’s how Florida drivers, pedestrians can stay safe around train tracks
Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson David Parks said the goal this week is to show drivers across Central Florida just how easy it is to not get hit by a train by simply paying attention to existing road markings and signs.
FDOT ‘aggressively exploring’ how to speed up adding wrong-way detection system to I-4 Express lanes
In a statement to News 6 Tuesday afternoon, FDOT spokesperson Jessica Ottaviano said the state transportation agency is now "aggressively exploring avenues" to accelerate the installation of a wrong-way vehicle detection system on all direct-connect ramps that feed traffic to and from I-4 Express lanes to and from local roads.
No wrong-way detection system in place on new I-4 Express lane ramps until next year
On Monday and Tuesday, patrol cars were stationed at the exit of the direct-connect ramp that takes drivers directly from the westbound lanes of the new I-4 Express toll lanes to Central Parkway in Altamonte Springs.
Florida seeks public input on proposed improvements to I-4 in Orange County
The Florida Department of Transportation is seeking public input on proposed improvements to Interstate 4 in Orange County — including the Sand Lake Road interchange, Daryl Carter Parkway partial interchange improvements and extensions to I-4 managed lanes.
Concerns raised over lighted pedestrian crosswalks in Cocoa Beach
COCOA BEACH, Fla. – Some Cocoa Beach residents have voiced concerns over the installation of new pedestrian crosswalks with lighted beacons because they flash yellow and not red, potentially giving walkers a false sense of security as they cross a busy roadway. “We don’t want these tragic incidents to happen like what happened to Sophia.”As part of a pedestrian safety project, FDOT was proposing additional pedestrian beacons to be installed along S.R. A1A in Cocoa Beach, from Cocoa Isle Boulevard and Lucie Lane. While Cocoa Beach city leaders are voicing their disapproval of the project, FDOT moved forward with a public meeting Tuesday and said that the plans for installing the pedestrian beacons are not set in stone. The pedestrian safety project was requested by the city of Cocoa Beach in 2017.
FDOT installing signs to alert drivers when wrong-way driver is on I-4
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Crews with the Florida Department of Transportation are installing signs to alert drivers when a wrong-way driver is on Interstate 4. FDOT officials said signs will be installed in Orange County, Seminole County, and Volusia County at eight I-4 interchanges:Central Florida ParkwaySand Lake RoadLake Mary BoulevardCounty RoadS.R. 46U.S. 17-92Dirksen DriveSaxon BoulevardFDOT officials said signs will be installed in Orange County, Seminole County, and Volusia County at eight I-4 interchanges. A sign will be able to detect when a wrong-way driver hits the road and lights on wrong-way signs will flash to let the driver know they are not going in the right direction. The Regional Transportation Management Center system will also broadcast a wrong-way driver alert on electronic messaging boards on the interstate to warn other drivers.
FDOT to close portion of I-4 overnight Sunday
The Florida Department of Transportation is closing westbound Interstate 4 from Michigan Street to Orange Blossom Trail, and the westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Kaley Avenue overnight from 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday. [TRENDING: Florida moves to phase 3 of coronavirus reopening | Missing 11-year-old girl from Apopka found | President Trump nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court]The closure is occurring to install an overhead sign. Drivers on I-4 will be routed off I-4 to Michigan Street (Exit 81) to reenter westbound I-4 from Orange Blossom Trail. Drivers entering I-4 from Kaley Avenue also will be detoured to Orange Blossom Trail.
Its like a river; Residents say nearby construction project is flooding street
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. After only about an hour of rain Wednesday, residents in Seminole County said the flooding in their neighborhood turned Penelope Drive into Penelope River. That project, though not directly related, is expanding an exit in Longwood part of the I-4 Ultimate and Beyond. Two doors down Mike Werner, sent an e-mail to Seminole County officials who for the first time put out road closed signs, this after his wife stalled out in her brand new Hyundai Elantra. I think the way that you guys handle getting results, that I feel pretty confident something will happen, Barrell said. FDOT said they also have asked the contractors to implement a long term plan to make sure this doesnt happen again.
New flyover ramp opens from westbound SR-408 to westbound I-4
ORLANDO, Fla. – A new flyover ramp is open connecting westbound State Road 408 to westbound I-4. I-4 Ultimate officials call the new flyover the "crown jewel" of the project. The 120-foot tall flyover opened on Sunday. I-4 Ultimate officials said traffic is down 15% because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Drivers should avoid distractions, adjust their speed, and allow plenty of time to navigate the I-4 Ultimate work zone.”
Traffic alert: I-4 Ultimate opening Colonial ramps in final alignments
ORLANDO, Fla. Beginning Friday, the Florida Department of Transportations I-4 Ultimate project will reach another milestone with the scheduled opening of the westbound I-4 exit ramp to Colonial Drive, Exit 84, and the westbound I-4 on ramp from Colonial Drive in their final alignments, according to a news release. Colonial Drive under I-4 closes nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. until June 26. pic.twitter.com/5trm5X4AkS I-4 Ultimate and Beyond (@I4Ultimate) June 24, 2020The ramps will open to traffic as soon as 5 a.m., Friday, June 26. Westbound I-4 also shifts onto brand new travel lanes over Colonial Drive, FDOT officials said in a news release. Ivanhoe Boulevard motorists will drive across Colonial Drive before entering westbound I-4, according to officials.
FDOT issues emergency road closure of SR 35
MARION COUNTY, Fla. The Florida Department of Transportation has announced an emergency road closure on State Road 35. According to FDOT, the road closure in effect is for northbound Baseline Road. Currently, northbound Baseline Road is closed from SE 92nd Place Road to just north of Dogwood Road for emergency road work, officials said. Southbound Baseline Road remains open to traffic. From there travel east on State Road 464 to Baseline Road, FDOT said.
Elementary school students learn about engineering using chocolate
Elementary school students learn about engineering using chocolatePublished: February 21, 2020, 12:58 pmAs part of National Engineers Week, Florida's Turnpike engineers taught students how to build roads from the bottom up using "Chocolate Asphalt."
Elementary school students learn about engineering using chocolate
As part of National Engineers Week, Florida's Turnpike engineers taught students how to build roads from the bottom up using "Chocolate Asphalt." Thanks @ezzycastro @news6wkmg for coming to Florida's Turnpike #EWeek2020 Chocolate Asphalt event at Tildenville Elementary School! https://t.co/dPoprtXqCm @DiscoverEorg pic.twitter.com/eLiSJaxSeu — Florida's Turnpike (@FloridaTurnpike) February 21, 2020Students used ingredients like chocolate, walnuts, oats, coconut, and sugar to build their road. Banet is Florida’s Turnpike Program Director. He said doing a hands-on project like “Chocolate Asphalt” is a way to inspire young students.