On February 26, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will open new express lanes on Orlando-area sections of Interstate 4 to the public. For the first five days, drivers will be able to use them for free.
According to WESH 2, FDOT made the announcement in a statement that reads,
“This offer will allow motorists a first-hand look to learn potential routes, identify key signage, and not worry about making mistakes navigating the new roadway.”
The express lanes will turn into operational toll roads starting on March 3. Priced at 50¢ per tolling segment, the cost for traveling the full extent is reportedly starting at $3.50 eastbound and $3.00 westbound, but the rate will apparently fluctuate based on traffic volume. It should also be noted that no pay-by-plate system will be permitted.
Now, while the new express lanes are intended for Orlando-oriented traffic and stop short of Disney World, they will undoubtedly help clear congestion for all Guests utilizing the I-4 corridor to reach The Most Magical Place On Earth, especially for those Guests who must navigate through Downtown Orlando, or utilize one of Florida’s pre-existing toll roads.
This transportation update comes as Orlando International Airport announces 90% completion of its latest terminal, and the higher-speed rail line Brightline moves closer to connecting MCO to Miami and the rest of South Florida.
The new lanes are expected to open up by 10 am on February 26.
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