I-4 Ultimate construction project to change traffic flow across Central Fla.


Local 6 obtained new renderings showing the I-4 Ultimate construction project in Central Florida.

The project will do away with the Fairbanks curve. The stretch of interstate, which Local 6 has reported on in the past as plagued with accidents will be straightened out. 

The project involves a complete reconstruction of the 21-mile stretch from John Young Parkway to State Road 434 in the Longwood area along the I-4 corridor. 

The Florida Department of Transportation tells Local 6 that 15 interchanges will be redone, but the most improved traffic flow will be getting on State Road 408 from I-4 with separate ramps.

Two additional lanes will be added to Eastbound and Westbound I-4. They will be express lanes. You can get on those express lanes on the newly build Grand National overpass near Kirkman Road.

In Downtown, you can access the express lanes near South Anderson Street or at Ivanhoe. An access point will also be at Central Parkway near State Road 434. 

But you'll have to pay to drive on the express lanes.

FDOT explains the price for use of these lanes will be dependent on traffic. As the congestion changes, the toll will change.

And as more people get on and don't maintain a 50 mile per hour speed, the toll will actually go up.

FDOT says I-4 Ultimate should be completed in 7 years-- by 2021.