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Project Details
Work Type Interchange Improvement
Phase Completed
Limits I-75 Southbound Exit Ramp to I-4
Length 2 miles
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County
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About

All work on the project has been completed. The Florida Department of Transportation accepted this project from the contractor on February 7, 2020 -- 80 days ahead of contract time!
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This project relocated the exit point to I-4 (Exit 261) almost one mile to the north and created a 1.25 mile two-lane ramp that is separated from the mainline travel lanes by guardrail.

The two-lane ramp extends to the previous area where the ramps split to go east or west on I-4. Each ramp lane feeds 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.

Contact Information
Media Contact
John McShaffrey
813-975-6930
John.McShaffrey@dot.state.fl.us
Lane Closures
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Project Files
Project Images
The new exit point to a 1.25 mile new ramp to I-4.
A closer look at the ramp exit point to I-4, which is over one mile north of I-4.
The long ramp has plenty of pavement markings to help drivers choose the correct lane to go east or west on I-4.
The new ramp allows traffic to flow in separate lanes to the split onto eastbound or westbound I-4.
The new ramp allows traffic to flow in separate lanes to the split onto eastbound or westbound I-4.
Crews build a drainage pond between the southbound lanes of I-75 and the new 2-lane ramp to I-4.
The roadway to the right in this photo shows the two lanes on the southbound I-75 ramp to I-4 crossing over Sligh Avenue and then splitting towards eastbound and westbound I-4.
To the right in this January 2, 2020 photo, traffic flows in two lanes on the new southbound I-75 ramp to I-4 - separated from mainline I-75 through-traffic.
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)