Traffic in Orlando Florida November 2018

It’s worse now, the traffic in Orlando Florida during November 2018, and I expect this will continue for months if not years to come.

We were westbound on I-4, not too far past Sanford, when the traffic slowed a bit. This is a Saturday.

You know the feeling that you get when you are sailing along a freeway, making good time, expecting to get to where you are going somewhere near the time shown on the GPS, and all of a sudden, you wish you could be getting up anywhere near the “maximum 55” the speed limit signs were showing? That’s how I felt when approaching Orlando early in the afternoon Saturday last. I-4 and Orlando, regardless of the day, seems to mean stopped traffic.

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West bound traffic on I-4 Saturday afternoon

All told there are about 21 miles of construction to try to get through. Bad enough on a weekend. Can’t but feel badly for those folks that have no choice but to commute on I-4 during a work week!

The road constructions results in twisted roads, lanes disappearing, exits gone, exit closures, I-4 stoppages sometimes all night… crazy.

We were amazed at the infrastructure being built in, for and around I-4. Some of it is really awe inspiring, calling for closer scrutiny, but believe me, not if you are driving. Drivers are nuts!

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Everywhere you look there are monstrous structures being built.

These photos don’t do it justice. The ramps and freeways seem to be 50, 70, maybe 100′ up in the sky.

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Skyscrapers rather than highway bases, it seems.

And even more.

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In some sections whole new highways are being built on both sides of I-4. It might be that they might be twinning it vertically in spots too.

After much angst and extremely defensive driving we made it through I-4 to highway 27, where we intended to head south.

From center town Orlando east bound I-4 was stopped. STOPPED. As we drove and drove the miles to get to highway 27, the east bound lanes of I-4 were full and not moving. Exiting I-4 and 27 and heading south we took the overpass over and looked west on I-4 from highway 27. As far as we could see, all lanes were full and not moving. This on a Saturday afternoon, and we did not see on traffic accident or road incident on I-4 anywhere along I-4 from downtown to where we got off.

Driving through Orlando on I-4 is likely to be very slow or stopped, and don’t forget, there will be I-4 closures to attend to later in the evening, along with periodic exit closures.

Want to take a look at downtown Orlando? Consider arranging to drive through Orlando on I-4 around 09:00 Sunday morning. Likely no other time during a week will allow one to drive through without stop / start traffic for 21 miles!

Else, if you are driving into south Florida, either take the 417 bypass of all this construction (turnpike charges apply) from Sanford or don’t take I-4 at all, but head on south on I-95 or I-75 and bypass that corridor entirely.

Safe driving.

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