The build-up to the six-year I-4 Ultimate project has been comparable to waiting for the holidays. Billboards along the interstate have been cheerfully telling us, for about a month, about construction starting soon, media outlets are posting about it regularly and you can sign up for email alerts at i4ultimate.com. For daily commuters, the tension is palpable.
The I-4 Ultimate team is conducting community outreach meetings to solicit public feedback, designed to engage the public in a discourse surrounding the mega-project and hopefully ease some of the tension.
And they seem to be listening. A Jan. 20 meeting in Eatonville resulted in the possible construction of noise barriers at Kennedy Boulevard when residents raised concerns about the interstate encroaching on private property.
Future meetings will be held in the four major project areas (Attractions, Downtown, Ivanhoe and Altamonte), up until the day construction begins. These meetings will give residents a chance to see what improvements are planned for their area and, as stated above, give them a chance to speak with some of the project planners.
The College Park Neighborhood Association will be hosting an information session at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at their monthly CPNA meeting at the College Park Community Center [Gmap].
Project organizers want you to be sure to check the I-4 Ultimate event calendar for any developments that may be happening near you.