I-4 ChampionsGate Exit Converts to Diverging Diamond Interchange in July

One of Interstate 4’s most problematic traffic bottlenecks may be about to change for the better.

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that motorists in the ChampionsGate area should be aware of a new traffic pattern coming to County Road 532 (Exit 58) under I-4 as soon as Sunday, July 10, when the roadway converts to a diverging diamond interchange (#DDI) configuration.

A “Diverging Diamond” interchange (DDI) eliminated left turn phases at traffic signals. It also reduces read more…

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Gateway™: The Deep Space Launch Attraction Lands at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

A legendary F-104 Starfighter flyby kicked off the grand opening of Gateway™: The Deep Space Launch Complex at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Confetti and sparks flew as Jerry Jacobs, Jr., CEO, Delaware North, Janet Petro, director, Kennedy Space Center and Therrin Protze, COO, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, pushed a ceremonial red button to officially welcome guests and invite them to a first glimpse inside the new, 50,000-square-foot attraction.

With a focus on the present a read more…

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Two Interstate 4 Projects Set to Begin in 2022

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that two new Interstate 4 projects are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2022.

These include the reconstruction of the Daryl Carter Parkway overpass. This project will add three new ramps connecting Interstate 4 (I-4) to Daryl Carter Parkway: exit ramps from both directions of I-4 to Daryl Carter Parkway and an entrance ramp to eastbound I-4. It will also convert the existing Daryl Carter Parkway overpass to a diverging diamond read more…

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Construction Progress Continues at I-4 and CR 532 Interchange Near Championsgate

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that construction on the new Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at Interstate 4 (I-4) and County Road (C.R.) 532 near ChampionsGate is progressing smoothly. The excavation of the pond on the southwest corner of the interchange continues and is retaining the runoff water and filtering out pollutants in the area within the project limits.

Significant work is also being done to the eastbound and westbound entrance and exit ramps in the project read more…

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‘Welcome to Rockville’ at Daytona International Speedway

All of rock ‘n roll’s hottest bands come together to blow some minds in this epic, four-day music concert, celebrating its 11th year in existence and its second year at the new Daytona International Speedway location.

This year’s lineup includes Guns ‘N Roses, Kiss, Korn, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Megadeth, Ministry, Breaking Benjamin, Bush and dozens more. The site offers surrounding campground rentals and various food and bar vendors throughout the property.

Here’s the s read more…

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FDOT: Slow Down, Stay Alert in Work Zones, for National Work Zone Awareness Week

This week, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recognizes National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 11-15), reminding motorists to slow down and take extra caution when traveling through work zones. Additionally, Florida now uses a combination of red, green, and amber lights on construction equipment in high-speed work zones when workers are present.

 Florida’s planned transportation investments for Fiscal Year 2022-23 total more than $12 billion. This commitment to i read more…

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Ramp Closures, Detours for I-4 Construction This Week

The Florida Department of Transportation will implement nightly interstate exit ramp closures along I-4 beginning Thursday, March 24, from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., weather permitting.

Closures will occur at the following locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties:

I-4 Eastbound at Columbus Drive (Exit 3)Interstate Ramp Closure: Thursday, March 24 from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Friday, March 25

I-4 Westbound at North 50th Street (Exit 3)Interstate Ramp Closure: Thursday, March 24 read more…

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Two New I-4 Interchanges in Orlando Work in Harmony

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project enhancements at Michigan Street and Kaley Avenue allow the two interchanges to work together to provide better access to and from the interstate while mitigating congestion.

The interchanges are now combined with braided ramps, frontage roads, and free-flowing Texas U-turns to reduce weaving in the area. The Texas U-turns allow drivers traveling on a one-way frontage road to make a U-turn onto a read more…

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I-4 Express Officially Open to Central Florida Drivers

The managed lanes on Interstate 4 (I-4), known locally as I-4 Express, are now open.

On the morning of Saturday, February 26, Central Florida motorists gained access to the new lanes. The I-4 Express lanes, two in each direction of Interstate 4 (I-4), begin just west of Kirkman Road (State Road (S.R.) 435) and continue 21 miles to east of S.R. 434.

The Florida Department of Transportation appreciates your patience with additional congestion on the roadway while drivers adjust to new read more…

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I-4 Projects Well Underway to Alleviate Bottlenecks in the ChampionsGate Area

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that work on the I-4 and C.R. 532 interchange near ChampionsGate well underway. Construction of a new, innovative diverging diamond interchange will improve traffic flow through the area. Bike lanes and sidewalks along C.R. 532 will also improve cyclist and pedestrian connectivity and safety at the interchange. The work is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2022.

In conjunction with the work on C.R. 532, construction on I-4 began in read more…

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Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras: Louder. Wilder. Spicier. for 2022

The parades and beads are back. The concerts are back with incredible performers including Khalid, Marshmello, Jason Derulo and more. And every day and night you can enjoy lip-smacking foods from New Orleans as well as mouth-watering dishes inspired by tastes from around the world. It’s the loudest, wildest, spiciest blowout this side of the Bayou.

All the Parade Excitement

It’s an authentic New Orleans Mardi Gras parade complete with dazzling floats, colorful costumes, and beads, beads read more…

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EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Now Thru February 21, 2022

Exhilarating adventures in the visual, culinary and performing arts await guests at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts through Feb 21, 2022.

Throughout the festival’s 39 days, chefs showcase dishes inspired by art movements, visual masterpieces come to life and Broadway stars sing beloved showtunes in a celebration of performance art that’s sure to captivate festivalgoers as only Disney can.

As an added brushstroke to an artful scene, the EPCOT International Festival of the Art read more…

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SeaWorld Orlando Announces New Coaster, Ice Breaker, to Open February 2022

SeaWorld Orlando, voted the best amusement park in the country by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice poll is announcing that its coolest new coaster, Ice Breaker is opening in February of 2022. Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker will feature four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida — a 93-foot-tall spike with 100-degree angle. With its 48-inch height requirement, adventure seekers of all ages will e read more…

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Looking For an Alternate Route Around Orlando’s I-4 Construction?

The ongoing construction of Interstate 4 through the heart of Orlando can be a headache for daily travelers and a real vacation killer for travelers heading through the area. Thankfully, there is an alternate route around the entire project area.

If you don’t mind paying a toll (who wouldn’t after sitting in stopped traffic for hours), Florida’s Route 417 can be liberating.

Approaching Orlando from the east (I-95, Daytona) FL 417 begins it’s journey at I-4, exit 101 in Sanford and winds read more…

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Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild at the Central Florida Zoo Thru January 16

The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens transforms at night into the Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild!

The Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild is the only event in Central Florida celebrating the culture, art, and beauty of traditional lantern festivals celebrated throughout Asia for centuries. This inaugural event was created in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., an international event design and manufacturing company headquartered in Zigong, Sichuan, read more…

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