At 21 miles long and $2.3 billion, Orlando's massive I-4 Ultimate is the largest infrastructure project in the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) history. By the time the last yard of concrete is placed in 2021, the project will consume 6.7 million cu.
In court on June 4, the Florida DOT (FDOT) tried to block the public and media from seeing the records that could show the cause of the fatal FIU bridge collapse in March.
FDOT requested that Judge John Cooper of the Leon County Circuit Court dismiss a lawsuit by the Miami Herald, which urged the state of Florida to turn over documents including emails, meeting minutes and additional records detailing the bridge's construction and design, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Just two days before the newly-constructed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed on March 15, the project's lead engineer left a warning message for Florida Department of Transportation officials about cracks in the structure.
A more than $2.3 billion dollar project that will rebuild Interstate 4 through central Florida has officially passed the two-year mark of the nearly seven years slated for construction. I-4 Ultimate calls for the reconstruction of 21 mi. 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.
Local Orlando TV news affiliate WESH is reporting that since the Interstate 4 Ultimate construction project officially started Feb. 1, 2015, there have been 87 claims filed by drivers who say the project damaged their vehicle. WESH 2 News uncovered the claims in a public records request through the Florida Department of Transportation.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, announced the finalists in the 2016 America's Transportation Awards competition. Twelve projects from 10 state departments of transportation are competing for the national Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award.