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Road construction expedited during COVID-19 outbreak

Governor Ron DeSantis says road construction will be expedited while traffic is limited during...
Governor Ron DeSantis says road construction will be expedited while traffic is limited during the COVID-19 outbreak. (MGN)(WJHG)
Published: Apr. 11, 2020 at 3:16 PM CDT
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The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19. In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware regarding the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health will issue this update every day, seven days per week.

Governor Ron DeSantis is in constant communication with Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz and State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees as the State of Florida continues to monitor and respond to the threat of COVID-19.

Saturday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is expediting significant portions of the I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando as part of the Governor’s plan to accelerate transportation projects throughout the state. With the ability to increase lane closures and extend work hours due to the reduction in traffic from the COVID-19 crisis, FDOT plans to complete segments of the westbound general use lanes and their connection to the SR 408 interchange by Summer 2020, which is 1-2 months earlier than planned.

The $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project involves reconstructing 21 miles of I-4 from west of Kirkman Road to east of State Road 434 in Longwood. The specific segments of the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project that will be accelerated include:

- Segments of Westbound I-4 through downtown Orlando.

- Portions of the SR 408 interchange.