Work on I-4 widening to begin this year - FOX 35 News Orlando

Work on I-4 widening to begin this year

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

We are learning more about plans to tear up Interstate 4 to make room for express lanes that will run from near Walt Disney World to the St. Johns River bridge

Construction on the project starts later this year.  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is almost ready to begin with phase one of building 21 miles of toll lanes in the center of highway.

"We're addressing the metro area, but a lot of people live outside of that, and we need to look at that as part of prudent planning," said Steve Olson with FDOT.

Construction on phase one is projected to be completed in 2020.  After that, the state is looking at putting more toll lanes in from Kirkman Rd. to Polk County.

"If you want to stay on those free lanes, you have the choice that you have today.  Every single free lane that you see out there today, that is going to be what's out there tomorrow," added Olson.

The state wants four new toll-only lanes down the center of the interstate -- two in each direction -- and the work will go on for decades.

Lane closures will be at night, but with barricades and lane shifts, expect I-4 to be a giant mess as far as the eye can see.

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