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Drivers can expect lane changes in 408, I-4 interchange project

Scheduled for the first week of August​

ORLANDO, Fla. – Construction at the 408 and I-4 interchange has been in full swing for about a year and a half now. And coming up in the next few day drivers can anticipate another lane shift at the busy intersection.

“We've been working to basically stitch together the Eastbound and Westbound bridges over I-4. And coming up very soon we'll be putting traffic onto that new stitched together bridge in the middle of the 408," David Parks Public Information Officer, I-4 Ultimate project said.

Within the next few days drivers who travel around the I-4/408 interchange can expect a slight shift.

“We are widening the 408 Westbound adding an additional lane over top of I4 headed out towards the stadium to add additional capacity. It's part of the overall I-4/408 interchange reconstruction," Parks said.

This latest big dive shift marks another big step in work at the high volume intersection. Traffic will be moved onto new bridges taking cars along 408 up and over the interstate.

“We need to demo the outside edge of the bridge of the 408 over I-4 so we can tie into that bridge to build that additional lane on the right hand side.”

Shifting traffic will allow for more demo to continue widening the bridge.

“It's a relatively minor shift it's only moving over a few lanes but it's enough that if you drive that everyday you'll certainly notice the difference," Parks said.

Once this shift happens it will allow for overnight closures to bump up work on I-4 West through downtown. Including major overnight closures set for next week.

“At the moment that is scheduled for the first week of August and we will shut down all of Westbound I-4, detour all that traffic off at state road 50, over to Orange Blossom Trail and back onto I-4," Parks said.

Before the major stuff, the shift has to happen first and could happen as soon as this weekend or early next week and will not require a shut down.