New I-4 ramp brings big change in Orlando

Ramp to Michigan Street part of I-4 Ultimate construction project

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

ORLANDO, Fla. - Drivers along I-4  in Orlando will see a big change.

The new westbound I-4 exit ramp to Michigan Street (Exit 81A) opened Thursday morning. Motorists now exit westbound I-4 via a new lengthened ramp on the right.

"Drivers will need to exit about a mile sooner than they had prior to this movement," said David Parks, spokesman for the I-4 Ultimate project. "This ramp will open up space for crews to continue to work while still providing access to the nearly 12,000 drivers that use this ramp every single day."

The ramp is connected to the existing westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Gore Street and State Road 408.

Motorists seeking to enter westbound I-4 should prepare to merge with traffic to avoid continuing to the ramp to Michigan Street.

"Adjust your speed, pay attention, because even while you may figure it out on day one, there will be other drivers that'll take a couple of days to get used to this new change," Parks said.

The westbound I-4 entrance ramp from Kaley Avenue is unaffected by the ramp shift.

The construction is part of the I-4 Ultimate project, a rebuild of 21 miles of I-4 from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County. The work includes adding two new dynamic tolled Express Lanes in each direction, replacing more than 140 bridges, reconfiguring 15 major interchanges and reconstructing the entire roadway.

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