EDIT: FDOT representatives have asked that we update this post with the following information:
“Construction began February 2015. Regretably, there have been 5 worker fatalities. FDOT is demanding the contractor increase safety efforts and address its safety culture, as one death is too many. FDOT is reviewing SGL Constructors claim. The project is currently projected to be complete in 2021 and that the cost of the project remains $2.3 billion.”
– Florida department of transportation
The I-4 Ultimate project kicked off in 2015 with a promise to improve a 21-mile stretch of the interstate into something better than it was. Better, stronger, faster. They have the technology. Sounds familiar …
To date, the rebranding/rebuilding project has seen
six five deaths on-site, a 271-day delay in the construction deadline of 2021, over 1,000 construction-related reports of damage to property and vehicles, and an increase of the estimated $2.4 billion price tag to an estimated $7 billion, according to Orlando Sentinel.
Don’t forget the upcoming I-4 art program either. Winter Park is still looking for its participating artist HERE, with a budget of $150,000.
Given the traffic jams and the confusing budget numbers, and shifting dates, it’s hard to remember what the project is ultimately supposed to look like when it’s finished.
So check out the above video from 2015 and meditate on that next time you miss your Maitland exit ramp.