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Interstate 4 from east of 50th Street to Interstate 75 (reconstruction, completed March 2002)
Financial Project # 258459
Project Length: 5.1 miles
Construction Cost: $82.7 million
Contractor: Granite Construction Company
Start Date: October 13, 1997
Completed: March 2002
About this Project
This segment, known as Segment 1, is completed. The project involved completely reconstructing Interstate 4 from 4 to 6 lanes in eastern Hillsborough County, part of a $350 million dollar corridor reconstruction effort stretching from 50th Street in Tampa to the Polk County line.
On this particular segment of the corridor, interchange ramps were modified, with new bridges at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Orient Road, Hillsborough Avenue, U.S. Highway 92, and U.S. Highway 301. The Chelsea Road overpass was removed and will not be replaced. A new road (Sligh Avenue) was built across from Breckenridge Office Park to connect U.S. Highway 301 to Maple Lane, providing access to the area north of I-4 and east of the Tampa Bypass Canal. Eureka Springs Road was converted into a two-way road across the Tampa Bypass Canal to provide access to the Eureka Springs area and Vandenberg Airport. The existing access to Eureka Springs Road from U.S. Highway 92 and I-4 eastbound (Exit 6C) was permanently removed.
All of the new lanes were opened by November, 2001, substantially completing the project.
Overview of all the Hillsborough portion of the I-4 projects:
Safety and capacity improvements have been made to Interstate 4 in District 7 (Hillsborough County) of the Florida Department of Transportation from 50th Street in Tampa to just west of County Line Road. These five projects, which cover 21 miles of Interstate 4, increased capacity by adding one more lane in each direction of this major east-west road, and created a safer highway corridor by minimizing weaving conflicts and eliminating the former "roller coaster" effect. The "roller coaster" effect describes the steep interchange inclines where motorists quickly go up, then down, as intersecting roads are crossed. The rebuilt I-4 features more gradual grades to eliminate the "roller coaster" effect while increasing the distance that drivers can see the road ahead.
The first project began in September 1995, and the last project began in October 1997. All five projects that make up this stretch of corridor have been completed (from east of 50th Street to County Line Road). In Polk County, District 1 of the Florida Department of Transportation has also completed the reconstruction from County Line Road to west of Memorial Boulevard (2.9 miles, completed in May 1999).
Improvement highlights for the I-4 corridor include:
Day and night lane closures on SR 50 in the I-75 area
Night lane closures on I-75 in northern Hernando County
Night lane closures on I-75 in central Pasco County