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Interstate 4 crosses the St. Johns River Veterans Memorial Bridges between Lake Monroe in Seminole County and Enterprise in Volusia County. 09/02/19, 06/29/08

Interstate 4 angles northeast across the Florida peninsula, traveling 132 miles from Tampa to Lakeland, Orlando and Daytona Beach. The intrastate route serves major population areas in Central Florida along the U.S. 92 corridor. Heavy development along the freeway over the years resulted in several toll roads to provide alternate routes and relief, including the Central Florida GreeneWay / Seminole Expressway (bypass to the east of Orlando), Daniel Webster Western Beltway / Wekiva Parkway (bypass to the west of Orlando), and Polk Parkway around Lakeland. Additionally much of the freeway was expanded to six or more lanes, with the final four-lane stretch in Volusia County expanded by Summer 2015.

Interstate 4 Florida Guides

I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project

$2.3-billion in road work commenced in 2015 expands 21 miles of I-4 through Orange and Seminole Counties to include two Express toll lanes in each direction. The six-year I-4 Ultimate Project includes the modification of 15 interchanges. I-4 Beyond the Ultimate will further extend the I-4 Ultimate project 20 miles in both directions.

Interstate 4 through the Ultimate I-4 Project area between SR 408 (East-West Expressway) at Downtown Orlando and SR 423 (Lee Road) at Winter Park. 07/09/16

Separate work underway from June 2018 to 2022 adds new flyovers to directly link Florida's Turnpike with Interstate 4. This construction is part of an $85 million project expanding the Turnpike to ten general use lanes from the Beachline Expressway (SR 528) north to I-4. Included is the installation of six new all electronic tolling points and the removal of toll booths along the ramp system connecting the Turnpike with I-4.

FL 417 at I-4
Four roadways, two of the I-4 mainline and two consisting of c/d lanes, come into view south of the wye interchange between Interstate 4 and SR 417 (Central Florida Greeneway). 02/16/08
US 192 at I-4
Ramps between I-4, U.S. 192 and Osceola Parkway were unraveled as part of road work completed by winter 2014. This view looks north at the overpass built from I-4 east to Osceola Parkway. 06/29/13
Lake Mary Boulevard at I-4
The result from when an accident hampers traffic during the evening commute along Interstate 4. April 29, 2008 looking south from Lake Mary Boulevard at I-4.
FL 414 at I-4
Routine traffic congestion along Interstate 4 through Maitland. 03/20/08

Construction of Interstate 4 occurred between 1958 and 1966. The entire length doubles as hidden State Road 400, with SR 400 extending east from I-95 as an at-grade route to U.S. 1 in Daytona Beach.

The St. Johns River Veterans Memorial Bridges at Lake Monroe were built during a $110 million project that included widening seven miles of I-4 north from CR 46A at Sanford to Saxon Boulevard in Deltona.2,3 Replacing a 56 foot wide, four-lane span built in 1960 for $1 million, work on the twin 58 foot wide bridges across the St. Johns River started on March 17, 2001.3,4 The westbound span opened initially for traffic exiting to U.S. 17/92 in January 2003,5 and with two lanes for the I-4 mainline on April 28, 2003.3 Following completion of the approaches, the eastbound span opened with two lanes on the morning of June 28, 2003. Nine months of demolition work for the old span commenced in July 2003.4 Construction at the St. Johns River wrapped up on May 25, 2004, when the third eastbound lane opened. Widening of I-4 westbound was finished in March 2003; work on eastbound to Saxon Boulevard continued through Summer 2003.2

Interstate 4 scenes
Trailblazer for Interstate 4 posted at Westwood Boulevard south and Central Florida Parkway near SeaWorld Orlando. 04/26/15
Central Florida Parkway weaves west between SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove to connect with Interstate 4 westbound beyond Westwood Boulevard. 04/26/15
The high-speed flyover linking Central Florida Parkway west with Interstate 4 west opened to traffic in 1990. There is no access to I-4 east at this exchange. 04/26/15
Interstate 4 passes below the Central Florida Parkway flyover with eight overall lanes. Section 2 of the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate megaproject will complete the exchange here with new ramps leading to I-4 east and from I-4 west. 04/26/15
Central Florida Parkway ends just west of I-4 across from Big Sand Lake. Palm Parkway south and Turkey Lake Road north parallel the west side of the freeway between Lake Buena Vista and Dr. Phillips. 04/26/15
A trumpet style interchange connects the Universal Orlando parking garage exit with Universal Boulevard on the north side of Interstate 4. Motorists headed to I-4 west are directed onto Hollywood Way and Adventure Way south. 08/10/13
Two lanes loop onto Universal Boulevard south across Interstate 4 ahead of the eastbound on-ramp to Downtown Orlando and International Drive. 08/10/13
Crossing over I-4, Universal Boulevard intersects the east side freeway ramps. 08/10/13
Approaching Division Avenue along Gore Street westbound in Orlando. Interstate 4 passes overhead in the distance.
A new flyover was added by 2008 from I-4 east to South Street. 11/05/06
Travelers destined to Interstate 4 east are directed onto Division Avenue north to Anderson Street east. Division Avenue passes underneath both Interstate 4 and SR 408 (East-West Expressway) with no direct access to either freeway. 11/05/06
Gore Street west at the westbound on-ramp to Interstate 4. The on-ramp utilizes the roadway connecting SR 408 and I-4.
Until 2008 an off-ramp also connected I-4 with Gore Street. It was removed as part of the I-4 / SR 408 interchange upgrade project. 11/05/06
Hughey Avenue forms the west side service road for I-4 between Colonial Drive (U.S. 17/92-SR 50) and South Street by Downtown Orlando. 09/01/18
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The entrance ramp for I-4 west from Hughey Avenue outside Downtown Orlando joins the freeway beyond Amelia Street. 05/22/20
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Previously the last state-named shield for Interstate 4, this assembly was posted on Ivanhoe Boulevard south ahead of Lakeview Street just west of I-4. 07/29/06, 01/25/08
Ivanhoe Boulevard encircles Lake Ivanhoe to the west of I-4. Lakeview Street and Ivanhoe Boulevard between Edgewater Drive and I-4 are a part of unsigned CR 424. 07/29/06
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Par Street east meets Interstate 4 at a half diamond interchange just east of Bonita Park in Orlando. Motorists headed for I-4 east are directed onto Formosa Avenue north to connect with the on-ramp from SR 426 (Fairbanks Avenue). 01/25/08
I-4 Ultimate construction lengthens the westbound on-ramp from Par Street and realigns the eastbound off-ramp over Dade Avenue. 01/25/08
SR 426 (Fairbanks Avenue) east at the westbound entrance ramp to Interstate 4 in Orlando. 12/29/05
Guide signs partition traffic along Lake Emma Road north ahead of the triple left turn lanes for Lake Mary Boulevard west to Interstate 4. 03/06/08
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Entering the exchange with Interstate 4 along Lake Mary Boulevard west of Primera Boulevard north and Lake Emma Road south. 02/29/08
Lake Mary Boulevard joins Interstate 4 with Heathrow to the west and Lake Mary to the east. The busy six-ramp parclo interchange features separate ramps from eastbound onto both directions of I-4. 04/29/08
Improvements were made at the intersection of Lake Mary Boulevard and the I-4 eastbound off-ramp in winter 2008. Just east from there, Lake Mary Boulevard meets Lake Emma Road south and Primera Boulevard north. Both roads parallel I-4 to the east by a number of office parks, shopping centers, and apartment complexes. 09/03/17

Sources:
  1. Interstate 4 Direct Connect Ramps to Florida's Turnpike and Florida's Turnpike Improvements between the Beachline Expressway and Interstate 4 - Project fact sheet. Florida's Turnpike web site.
  2. "Roll off the Barrels - I-4 Drives Will Get Some Relief as a Third Eastbound Lane Opens on Bridge." Orlando Sentinel, The (FL), May 22, 2004.
  3. "New I-4 span opens Monday - Westbound part of bridge ready." Daytona Beach News-Journal, The (FL), April 25, 2003.
  4. "Eastern I-4 traffic to see wider ride - Workers drive toward Saturday span opening." Daytona Beach News-Journal, The (FL), June 26, 2003.
  5. "It's Out with the Old -- in with the New - the Westbound Span of the New St. Johns River Bridge is Scheduled to Open Monday." Orlando Sentinel, The (FL), April 25, 2003.


Photo Credits:

  • 12/29/05 by AARoads.
  • 07/29/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 11/05/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 01/25/08 by AARoads.
  • 02/29/08 by AARoads.
  • 03/06/08 by AARoads.
  • 04/29/08 by AARoads.
  • 08/10/13 by AARoads.
  • 04/26/15 by AARoads.
  • 09/03/17 by AARoads.
  • 09/01/18 by AARoads.
  • 05/22/20 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 75
Interstate 95
Interstate 275
Florida's Turnpike
U.S. 17
U.S. 41
U.S. 92
U.S. 301
U.S. 441
State Road 44
State Road 50
Spessard Lindsay Holland East-West Expressway
State Road 414 - Apopka Expressway / Maitland Boulevard
State Road 417 - Central Florida GreeneWay / Seminole Expressway
State Road 570 - Polk Parkway

Page Updated 05-28-2020.

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