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Project Details
Work Type Interchange Improvement
Phase Construction
Limits I-75 Southbound Exit Ramp to I-4
Project Start September 2018
Length 2 miles
City
County
Road
Construction Cost $15.5 million
Estimated Completion Summer 2020
Contractor Prince Contracting, LLC
About

This project will relocate the exit point to I-4 (Exit 261) almost one mile to the north and create a 1.25 mile two-lane ramp that is separated from the mainline travel lanes by guardrail.

The two-lane ramp will extend to the current area where the ramps split to go east or west on I-4. Each ramp lane will feed directly into the existing ramps onto eastbound and westbound I-4, allowing for traffic to get into the correct ramp lane well before the current decision point where the ramp splits to the two directions of I-4. 

These improvements will increase safety and traffic flow for southbound I-75 approaching interstate 4.

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New southbound I-75 ramp to I-4 now open in its final configuration!

The southbound I-75 Exit 261 ramp to I-4 opened in its final configuration December 11, 2019, adding almost another half mile to the exit lane and opening a second lane on the ramp all the way to the split to eastbound/westbound I-4.

Once on the ramp, drivers now have use of two lanes for over one mile approaching I-4. At the decision point to go to eastbound or westbound I-4, traffic in the right lane flows onto westbound I-4; traffic in the left lane flows onto eastbound I-4.

This new ramp opened in a temporary configuration on October 25, 2019.

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Contact Information
Construction Manager
Tyler Matthews
813-975-3560
Tyler.Matthews@dot.state.fl.us
Media Contact
John McShaffrey
813-975-6930
John.mcshaffrey@dot.state.fl.us
Lane Closures
  • Sligh Avenue under Interstate 75
    Lane closures with flagging operations: Friday, December 13, Saturday, December 14 and Monday, December 16 through Saturday, December 21 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • I-75 from south of Fowler Avenue (Exit 265) to I-4 (Exit 261)
    Southbound lane closures: Sunday, December 15 through Thursday, December 19 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Project Files
Project Images
Workers put finishing touches on new ramp alignment before opening to traffic on December 11, 2019.
Placing striping on the new ramp pavement.
Detour Map for closure of southbound I-75 Exit 261 to I-4
New, temporary alignment at end of new ramp at fork to eastbound or westbound I-4
Southbound I-75 traffic exiting onto new ramp to I-4
View from side of new Exit 261 after exiting through-lanes of southbound I-75
New exit point for southbound I-75 Exit 261 to I-4 is one mile north of previous exit
A new exit point to I-4 - one mile north of the current exit - opens Thursday, October 24
Detour map and route description for closure of southbound I-75 ramp to I-4
Workers secure a beam over Sligh Avenue. This bridge is being widened to create a two lane ramp. (4/6/19 photo)
Workers direct a beam into place over Sligh Avenue. This bridge is being widened to create a two lane ramp. (4/6/19 photo)
A beam is lifted into place for the widening of the ramp bridge over Sligh Avenue. (4/6/19 photo)
Workers prepare a beam to be lifted into place to widen the ramp bridge over Sligh Avenue. (4/6/19 photo)
Widening southbound I-75 to create a two-lane exit ramp to I-4. (March 2019 photo)
Widening on the west side of I-75 for an extended exit ramp to I-4 that will be over a mile long. (March 2019 photo)