The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) says five new I-4 Ultimate/State Road 408 flyover ramps have opened three months ahead of schedule, following the decision to accelerate construction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m pleased to announce the opening of the I-4 corridor three months earlier than planned after we took advantage of the lower traffic volume by accelerating work on some of these busy roads,” Gov. Roy DeSantis said a statement. “The completion of this project will make a big difference for Floridians who commute through this area. Secretary Thibault has shown his commitment and dedication in completing this project expeditiously, and I look forward to seeing more infrastructure projects like this finish ahead of schedule.”
“In early April, Governor DeSantis challenged the Department to find ways to accelerate I-4 construction while there was less traffic on the road, and I am pleased to announce that we have opened these critical components of the I-4 corridor to drivers, three months ahead of schedule,” said FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault.
“This is the biggest milestone of the project to date, which will undoubtedly transform the heart of our state’s transportation system. I am grateful for the governor’s common-sense approach to moving Florida forward during this unprecedented time.”
The westbound S.R. 408 to westbound I-4 flyover is the final ramp and is scheduled to open later this summer.
William McGuiness, project director for Skanska-Granite-Lane (SGL Constructors) said in a statement that the “turnover of the largest interchange in Florida represents the culmination of over one million worker hours by our dedicated builders and subcontractors.”
SGL Constructors says it set in place a total of 5.73 miles of tub girders, with some hoisted as high as 120 feet. The interchange required 52.3 miles of driven pile, 44,600 cubic yards of concrete, 10.5 million pounds of rebar and 36.6 million pounds of structural steel.
“On behalf of SGL Constructors, nearly than 1,800 employees and subcontractors, we are delighted to provide this state-of-the-art interchange to the residents of Central Florida,” McGuiness said. “We are proud to present this modern interchange to its 220,000 daily users and wish them and future generations many safe and enjoyable trips to come.”