The public is invited to learn more about the I-4 Ultimate project and how it is transforming Seminole County, as well as the entire 21-mile corridor, during a public information open house scheduled for Thursday, February 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, 350 Northlake Boulevard, Altamonte Springs.
“We encourage the public to attend this event to learn more about the project, view area maps and displays, and discuss the project with staff,” said Loreen Bobo, P.E., I-4 Ultimate Construction Program Manager.
Major changes planned for the northern end of the project will be highlighted during the meeting, such as improvements to State Road (S.R.) 436 and S.R. 434 interchanges, Central Parkway overpass and Wymore Road-Douglas Avenue intersection.
The project officially launched in February 2015 and expected completion is 2021. The I-4 Ultimate project is rebuilding 21 miles of Interstate 4 from Kirkman Road in Orange County to S.R. 434 in Seminole County, adding two new dynamic tolled Express Lanes in each direction, replacing more than 140 bridges, reconfiguring 15 major interchanges and reconstructing the entire existing roadway.
Additional project information, including an up-to-date list of lane and ramp closures, are posted on i4Ultimate.com. Motorists are encouraged to sign up for project newsletters and route-specific alerts through the website to help make informed decisions about when and where to travel.
Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact David Parks, I-4 Ultimate Public Information Officer, by phone at 407-670-2358, or via email at [email protected] at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator by phone at 386-943-5367, or via email at [email protected].
Two new live high-definition I-4 Ultimate construction cameras are now available for viewing.
In January, cameras were placed at the Maitland Boulevard (State Road 414) and Interstate 4 (I-4) interchange, and at the Kirkman Road and I-4 interchange. View video streams from the new cameras at http://fdot.tips/i4camera, or by visiting the I-4 Ultimate website and clicking on “Florida 511 & Live Traffic.”
The Maitland camera, situated in the Southwest quadrant of the interchange, is tracking construction progress at the interchange and of the new pedestrian bridge, which construction is slated to begin this year.
The Kirkman camera is situated high above the International Drive area atop the SkyCoaster at Fun Spot America. It gives users a view of the interchange construction and the new Grand National Drive overpass.
The two cameras join the existing camera that monitors the State Road 408 and I-4 interchange construction in downtown Orlando.
The I-4 Ultimate project is rebuilding 21 miles of Interstate 4 (I-4) from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County, adding two new dynamic tolled Express Lanes in each direction, replacing more than 140 bridges, reconfiguring 15 major interchanges and reconstructing the entire roadway. Learn more about the I-4 Ultimate project or sign up for advance construction alerts by email or text at www.i4Ultimate.com.
Questions? Please contact the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Public Information Office, 386-943-5473 / [email protected].
The FDOT urges all motorists to use caution near any road construction. Please slow down and stay alert when driving through work zones.
The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in central Florida earned the prestigious Envision Platinum recognition from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) for its sustainability efforts of environmental, social and economic impact on the community and the 21-mile I-4 reconstruction project. This is the first project in Florida to receive recognition from ISI’s Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system.
“We are so excited to receive the Envision Platinum recognition for the efforts of the entire I-4 Ultimate Improvement team to protect the environment from water to wildlife to air quality, while creating a signature corridor for the entire region,” said I-4 Ultimate Construction Program Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Loreen Bobo, P.E. “The Envision award shows that sustainability goals are achievable alongside other primary missions of our agency to enhance the economic prosperity and preserve the quality of our environment and communities.”
The I-4 Mobility Partners (I-4MP), the public-private partnership (P3) rebuilding Interstate 4 through Central Florida, earned the Envision Platinum award for its ongoing programs to minimize environmental impacts, including relocating protected wildlife, using efficient machinery, controlling stormwater runoff, planting non-invasive vegetation, and recycling 99 percent of the concrete and steel removed from roads and bridges. The project also facilitates the use of alternative transportation by integrating rail projects and improving pedestrian crossings and connections with bike trails.
The I-4 Ultimate Project involves the reconstruction of 21 miles of roadway infrastructure from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County through Downtown Orlando, extending to the east of State Road 434 in Seminole County. The project is expected to transform the region by better connecting communities, improving the local economy and enhancing livability for residents. One of the most important benefits will be the improvement of traffic flow by easing congestion with the addition of four new variable toll express lanes and the reconstruction of 15 major interchanges, which includes widening 13 bridges, replacing 74 bridges and adding 53 new bridges, along with a pedestrian overpass on Kirkman Road and a signature pedestrian bridge at Maitland interchange. When complete, the project will provide a visually appealing signature corridor with bold landscaping, accent lighting, enhanced bridge architecture and other aesthetic features.
Several industry leaders formed the I-4MP team to design, build, finance and operate the project through a 40-year P3 concession agreement with a total design and construction cost of $2.32 billion dollars.
The members of the I-4MP team include:
- Skanska Infrastructure Development (Equity Member)
- John Laing Investments Limited (Equity Member)
- SGL Constructors (SGL) – Construction Joint Venture – Skanska (Lead Joint Venture Partner) Granite Construction Company and the Lane Construction Corporation
- Design Joint Venture – HDR and Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
- Infrastructure Corporation of America (Lead Operations and Maintenance Firm)
“Since day one, our entire team has been committed to achieving the highest standards for sustainable infrastructure under Envision,” said Sal Taddeo, Chief Operating Officer East, Skanska USA Civil. “Our goal is to deliver one of the country’s most complex roadway projects, while reaching a top level of sustainable infrastructure performance that can serve as a role model for other projects of its kind.”
With this recognition, I-4 Ultimate stands to be one of the largest Envision-verified projects. “I-4 Ultimate’s successful implementation of the Envision system proves that building sustainable roadway projects can create significant benefits for the environment and our communities, while serving as a step forward for future infrastructure projects in the nation and beyond,” CEO of I4MP, Wim De Smet added.
Created in 2012 through collaboration between ISI and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Envision system rates the impact of sustainable infrastructure projects as a whole. The system measures sustainability in five categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Natural World, Resource Allocation, and Climate and Risk. These key areas contribute to the positive social, economic and environmental impacts on a community.
“Designing sustainable infrastructure is not achieved by accident. It cannot be an afterthought, especially on a project as complex and far-reaching as I-4 Ultimate,” said Charles O’Reilly, HDR transportation group president. “Florida DOT’s commitment to sustainably connected communities, improved economies and enhanced livability has been there since the beginning. This Envision Platinum rating is the result. We are proud to be a part of the team that made it possible and to add a sixth Envision-verified project to our portfolio.”
The I-4 Ultimate Project received high scores in the Quality of Life, Leadership, and Natural World categories. Key accomplishments include:
Quality of Life (QL)
The I-4 Ultimate is designed to add public gathering spaces in a way that significantly enhances community livability. The goal of I-4 Ultimate is to create a signature corridor that connects communities divided by the original I-4 project, improves economies and enhances livability throughout the region, and is designed to reflect the best of Central Florida’s local context, history, unique community character, and landscaping.
Although primarily a highway project, the I-4 Ultimate encourages alternative modes of transportation. The project is designed to enhance public transportation facilities and to implement programs to encourage the use of public transportation, as well as non-motorized transportation. It will also rehabilitate pathways, bikeways, trails and pedestrian bridges, and will integrate well with local transit, such as the SunRail commuter rail system and LYNX, Orlando’s local bus service. A $750,000 fund is being established to promote alternative modes of transportation during construction.
The project team has further demonstrated its commitment to connecting communities and providing for safe, non-vehicular traffic by including an Alternative Technical Concept (ATC) to build an extra pedestrian overpass bridge over Kirkman Road at the major intersection entrance to Universal Studios.
Sustainability is an important factor to FDOT and is a core value of the consortium of partners who are working collaboratively to design and deliver this project, including HDR and SGL Constructors, as well as Skanska, the lead contractor. A sustainability agenda created early in the process provided the foundation on which the project is being built to meet FDOT’s sustainability goals. This sustainability agenda includes social priorities such as health and safety, community involvement and business ethics; environmental priorities, including energy, carbon, materials, water and local impacts; and economic priorities such as project selection criteria, supply chain management and value added to society.
The project management plan developed to guide the design, construction, financing, maintenance and operation of the I-4 Ultimate led to effective coordination and collaboration between the owner and project team, which will help to spur innovation, mitigate risk, enhance teamwork and promote open communications throughout the life of the project.
Natural World (NW)
The project team developed a comprehensive Contamination Management Plan and Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan to prevent pollutants from the project from contaminating soils, surface water, and groundwater. The project team is also remediating areas of contamination within the project’s right-of-way to prevent future contamination. Four underground storage tanks and 145 tons of petroleum impacted soils and debris have been removed from the project site.
The project team is committed to controlling invasive species by removing existing invasive species along the project’s right-of-way and selecting locally appropriate, non-invasive plants for landscaping along the project corridor. The project team is also committed to maintaining wetland and surface water functions by enhancing hydrologic connections and water quality, improving riparian habitats and maintaining sediment transport.
“ISI is pleased to present FDOT with the Envision Platinum award for sustainable infrastructure,” said ISI President and CEO John Stanton. “The I-4 Ultimate project is an exemplary sustainable transportation project that will help shape the identity of the Central Florida region for decades to come.”
To learn more about the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project, please visit http://i4ultimate.com.
About Florida Department of Transportation
The mission of the Florida Department of Transportation is to provide a safe transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity and preserves the quality of our environment and communities.
About John Laing
John Laing is an international originator, active investor and manager of infrastructure projects. Its business is focused on major transport, social and environmental infrastructure projects awarded under governmental public-private partnership (PPP) programs, and renewable energy projects, across Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. John Laing is one of the world’s most trusted brands in the field of infrastructure thanks to its expertise and credentials, with more than 120 projects in the last 30 years. John Laing is headquartered in London, UK and Listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Learn more about the John Laing Group at www.laing.com
HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible since 1917. We specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. With nearly 10,000 employees in more than 225 locations around the world, we think global and act local. Sustainability is a core component of project delivery at HDR. We partner with clients to devise integrated, sustainable solutions – always striving to provide more value on our projects. Our firm is consistently ranked among the top green design firms, and we have a history of delivering award-winning work. Learn more about HDR at www.hdrinc.com and get details about our sustainability program at www.hdrinc.com/about-hdr/sustainability.
About Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
Established in 1947, Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services, including all aspects of architecture, engineering and construction, operations and maintenance, as well as scientific and specialty consulting. The company employs 50,000 people and operates in more than 30 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com.
Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, education, sports, data centers, life sciences, aviation and commercial. Headquartered in New York with offices in 31 metro areas, we have nearly 11,000 employees committed to being leaders in safety, project execution, sustainability, ethics and people development. In 2015, our work in building construction, civil and power/industrial construction, commercial development and infrastructure development (public-private partnerships) generated $7.1 billion in revenue. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled $18.4 billion in 2015. Skanska shares are publicly traded in the U.S. on the OTC market under the symbol SKBSY through a Level I American Depository Receipt program.
About ISI Envision
Envision is the product of a joint collaboration between ISI, which was founded by three national engineering associations: American Society of Civil Engineers, American Council of Engineering Companies and American Public Works Association, and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Information on ISI and Envision can be found on the ISI website, http://www.sustainableinfrastructure.org/.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold an open house for the I-4 Ultimate project’s Workforce Development program. The purpose of this open house is to inform the community of the project and the potential job opportunities that are available throughout the project. The open house will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., with brief presentations at 12:15 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Career Source Center, 609 N. Powers Drive, Orlando, FL 32818. Anyone is encouraged to apply for the opportunity to build a career in the construction industry. Please note: this is an informational open house only. No applications will be taken and no interviews will be conducted.
The I-4 Ultimate project will transform 21 miles of Interstate 4 (I-4), from Kirkman Road to State Road 434 with new express lanes, reconstructed general use lanes, interchanges & bridges, and landscaping throughout the corridor.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator by phone at (386) 943-5367, or via email at [email protected].
Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Katie Widdison, Project Public Involvement Coordinator, by phone 386-212-0449, or by email at [email protected] at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).
Media questions may be directed to the FDOT public information office: Jessica Ottaviano at 386-943-5473 or via email at [email protected].