|Maintained by FDOT|
|Length:||132.298 mi (212.913 km)|
|Existed:||1957 – present|
|West end:||I-275 in Tampa|
| US 41 in Tampa
US 92 / US 301 near Tampa
I-75 near Tampa
US 98 in Lakeland
US 27 near Davenport
US 192 in Celebration
Florida's Turnpike in Orlando
SR 408 in Orlando
US 17 / US 92 / US 441 in Orlando
|East end:||I-95 / SR 400 in Daytona Beach|
|Counties:||Hillsborough, Polk, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Volusia|
Interstate 4 (I-4) is an east-west 132.298-mile (212.913 km) intrastate Interstate Highway located entirely within the US state of Florida. It goes from I-275 in Tampa, Florida to I-95 at Daytona Beach, Florida. It also has the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) designation of State Road 400 (SR 400), but only a small portion of the route is signed at the east end.
I-4 maintains a diagonal, northeast–southwest route for much of its length, although it is signed east–west. The 132-mile (212 km) route begins with an interchange with I-275 in Tampa and continues east toward I-75.
At this point, the interstate starts a turn toward the northeast where it intersects with the Orlando area cutting the city through at a diagonal direction going northeast/southwest. The route provides access to all of Orlando's theme parks including Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Studios, as well as nearly all of Orlando's toll roads, including Florida's Turnpike. Throughout most of Orange County and Seminole County, I-4 travels in a roughly north–south direction. This causes endless trepidations for outsiders, since the exits are named according to I-4's generally west–east orientation. Right before the eastern terminus, I-4 switches to a mostly east–west route in order to connect with traffic from and to I-95. At an interchange with I-95 in Daytona Beach, I-4 terminates; however, SR 400 continues eastward into Daytona Beach.
State Road 400
|Length:||137.03 mi (220.528 km)|
SR 400, unsigned while concurrent with I-4, becomes signed east of I-95. The road extends for 3 miles (4.8 km) from the northeast terminus of I-4, on the south side of Daytona International Speedway and Daytona Beach International Airport, to an intersection with U.S. Route 1 (SR 5) in Daytona Beach. Named Beville Road, it runs along the boundary between the cities of Daytona Beach and South Daytona. Sections of Beville Road are classified as a "Scenic Thoroughfare" by the City of Daytona Beach.
Interstate 4 has no I-x04 Interstate routes branching off of it, but Florida's 400-series highways do however serve a role similar to auxiliary Interstate highways, especially around the Orlando, FL area.
|0.00||0.00|| I-4 west – Deland
I-95 – Jacksonville, Titusville
|I-95 Exits 260 A-B; continuation as I-4 west; SR 400 begins|
|1.00||1.61||SR 483 (Morris Blvd.)|
|2.00||3.22||SR 5A (Nova Rd.) – Port Orange, Ormond Beach|
|3.00||4.83||US 1 – Port Orange, Ormond Beach||SR 400 ends|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
|This section needs additional citations for verification. (August 2007)|
I-4 was one of the first Interstate Highways to be constructed in Florida, with the first section opening between Plant City and Lakeland in 1959. By early 1960, the Howard Frankland Bridge was opened to traffic, as well as the segment from the Hillsborough Avenue/US 301 junction in Tampa to Plant City. The stretch from Lake Monroe to Lake Helen, including the original St. Johns River Bridge also opened during that period. The segment from Tampa to Orlando was complete by 1962. By the mid 1960s, several segments were already complete, including Malfunction Junction in Tampa and parts of I-4 through Orlando. The original western terminus was set in South Pasadena in the late 1960s, but this plan was rejected due to local opposition. As a result, I-4 went southwest only to 9th Street North in St. Petersburg.
The entire Interstate Highway was completed by the late 1960s; however, the western terminus was truncated to Malfunction Junction in 1971 when I-75 was extended over the Frankland Bridge. Eventually, that stretch was again redesignated to become part of I-275.
In maps and atlases dating to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, the Tampa–St. Petersburg section of I-4/I-275 was marked as the Tampa Expressway. The Orlando segment was marked as the Orlando Expressway. Both names have since faded from maps.
Although many post-1970 interchanges along I-4 were constructed before the recent widening projects, they were designed with I-4 expansion in mind. In other words, there is enough room available to widen I-4 to up to ten lanes without extensively modifying the interchanges. Some of these interchanges include the I-75 stack (constructed in the 1980s) and several interchanges serving the Walt Disney World Resort (constructed in the late 1980s/early 1990s).
A section of I-4 between Daytona Beach and Orlando called the 'dead zone' is rumored to be haunted. In 2010, the ECFRPC using GIS technology performed an analysis to determine if this identified zone had an increased fatality rate related to crashes. The analysis which compared this section of I-4 to several other dangerous I-4 sections found that while the dead zone area did not have the highest accident or fatality rate, it did identify that the percentage of fatality to accident was significantly higher in this location. In other words, while you are not more likely to be in accident in this section of I-4, if an accident occurs the chance of that accident containing a fatality is greatly increased.
The I-4/I-275 interchange (Malfunction Junction) was rebuilt from 2002 to 2006, and I-4 is under staged renovations to be widened from four to six lanes (with eight lanes in certain segments). Much of this work is complete, and all new travel lanes are now open. Eventually, I-4 will be widened again to a total of at least ten lanes (five in each direction). Studies for this project are already underway and construction should commence sometime in the 2010s. Completion of the project should be around 2020.
Eastbound I-4 shifted to its new, permanent alignment between Malfunction Junction and 50th Street on August 8, 2006. The new alignment includes a right-lane ramp exit/entry at the 22nd St/21st St Interchange (The previous left-lane configuration was causing hazardous conditions to commuters since its opening in 2005). On August 11, 2006, a fourth lane opened on eastbound I-4 between the downtown junction and 50th Street (led in by a newly opened third lane on the eastbound I-4 ramp from northbound I-275). And on August 18, the new westbound alignment, just west of 50th Street, opened. The newly opened lanes will improve flow throughout the interchange. The 50th Street overpass however, will not be complete until late 2007. Also, the eastbound I-4 exit ramp to Columbus Drive/50th Street is situated to the left-hand side of the highway (as opposed to its former right-hand side exit). This exit shift went into effect in spring 2006 and is part of the new, permanent interstate configuration.
In Tampa, the exit to 40th Street (SR 569), Exit 2, was closed and demolished in late 2005 due to the ongoing reconstruction of I-4 and to accommodate a proposed connector highway with the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.
The interchange with what is today I-75 was constructed in the early 1980s.
As Orlando grew in the 1970s and 1980s, traffic became a growing concern, especially after the construction of the original interchange with the East–West Expressway in 1973, which proved to become a principal bottleneck. The term "highway hostages" was coined in the 1980s to describe people stuck in long commutes to and from Orlando on I-4.
In the early-to-mid 1990s, several interchanges near Kissimmee were constructed or upgraded to accommodate increasing traffic going to and from Walt Disney World. However, I-4's main lanes were not widened in the process. Around the same time, SR 417 was extended to I-4.
During the early 2000s, tolled express lanes were being planned in the Orlando area as a traffic congestion relief technique for rush hour commuters. The name for them was to be Xpress 400, numbered after the state road designation for I-4. The express lanes were slated to extend from Universal Orlando, east to SR 434 in Longwood, and tolls were to be collected electronically via transponders like SunPass and Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority's E-Pass, with prices dependent on the congestion of the eight main lanes. However, the project was effectively banned by the passage of the SAFETEA-LU Federal transportation bill in 2005, introduced by U.S. Representative John Mica. The plan for tolled express lanes, however, is still in the long term plans for I-4.
The eastbound exit to Robinson Street (SR 526) permanently closed on April 25, 2006, to make way for construction of the new eastbound onramp from SR 408. The westbound offramp to Gore Street was permanently closed in the same project on November 2, 2008.
On January 9, 2008, 70 vehicles were involved in a large pileup on I-4 near Polk City. The pileup was caused by an unexpected thick morning fog that was mixed with a scheduled—and approved—environmental burn by the Florida Wildlife Commission. The fog drifted across I-4, mixing with the smoke, reducing visibility to near-zero conditions. Four people were killed, and 38 were injured. The section of I-4 did not re-open until the next day, January 10.
|2012||52.6% 953,186||46.2% 838,377||1.2% 21,907|
|2008||53.3% 946,929||45.7% 811,159||1.0%% 17,034|
|2004||46.5% 724,618||52.9% 824,887||0.6% 9,929|
|2000||48.0% 569,746||49.7% 590,030||2.2% 26,531|
|1996||45.7% 462,403||44.7% 451,902||9.6% 96,818|
|1992||37.5% 379,821||42.1% 426,297||20.3% 205,621|
In the 2004 U.S. presidential election, the I-4 corridor, a commonly used term to refer to the counties in which Interstate 4 runs through and a site of significant population growth, was a focus of political activity within the swing state of Florida. Communities along the I-4 corridor were perceived by both major political parties as having higher proportions of undecided voters as compared to more Republican- or Democratic-leaning portions of the state. It played an equally key role in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, but whereas the corridor had voted heavily for Bush in 2004, which helped Bush win the state, in 2008 it swung behind Democratic candidate Obama, helping Obama win Florida. The I-4 corridor has voted for the statewide winner since at least 1992, but has supported the national winner since 1996. The Republicans and Democratics have each carried the region three times in the past six presidential elections. Republicans George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush won more votes than other candidates in 1992, 2000, and 2004 while Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama captured the regions vote total in the elections of 1996, 2008, and 2012.
Interim improvements to the interchange at SR 408 were completed at the end of 2008. The rest of the SR 408 improvements are scheduled for the next decade. Intersections at US 192 and I-275 were completed in 2007. The remaining four-lane segment, from SR 44 to I-95, will eventually be widened to six lanes, with construction already begun in 2012.
Planning is underway for "ultimate" improvements to I-4 through Orlando from SR 435 (exit 75) east to SR 434 (exit 94). These plans involve adding express lanes to the highway, and the reconstruction of several major interchanges. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014.
The Florida High Speed Rail Authority had proposed a high-speed rail line traveling from Tampa to Orlando via the median of I-4, which is wide enough to carry trains because of failed promises to widen the freeway.
|Direction||County||Nearest Location||Mile||km||Services Available||Nighttime Security||References
|WB & EB||Polk||Winter Haven||46.0||74.0||Handicapped facilities, restrooms, picnic tables, drinking water, pet exercise areas, outside night lights, telephones, and vending machines||Yes||
|WB & EB||Seminole||Longwood||94.0 (WB)
|Handicapped facilities, restrooms, picnic tables, drinking water, pet exercise areas, outside night lights, telephones, and vending machines||Yes|||
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
|County||Location||Mile||km||Old exit||New exit||Destinations||Notes|
||Tampa||0.000||0.000||—||—||I-275 – St. Petersburg, Ocala, Tampa International Airport||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|1.154||1.857||1||1||SR 585 / 22nd Street, 21st Street|
|2||2||SR 618 (Interstate 4 – Selmon Expressway Connector) – Port of Tampa, Lee Roy Selmon Expressway||Connector under construction as of 2012, scheduled to open in 2013|
|3.266||5.256||3||3||US 41 / 50th Street, Columbus Drive||Eastbound left exit and westbound left entrance; eastbound right entrance and westbound left entrance|
|4.706||7.574||4||5||SR 574 (Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard)|
|5.573||8.969||5||6||Orient Road||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|Mango||6.683||10.755||6||7||US 92 (Hillsborough Avenue) / US 301 – Riverview, Hillsborough County, Zephyrhills, Busch Gardens|
|8.610||13.856||7||9||I-75 – Ocala, Naples|
|10.142||16.322||8||10||CR 579 / Mango Road – Mango, Thonotosassa|
|17.434||28.057||10||17||Branch Forbes Road||Dinosaur World|
|Plant City||19.518||31.411||11||19||SR 566 (Thonotosassa Road)|
|21.280||34.247||13||21||SR 39 (Buchman Highway) / Alexander Street – Zephyrhills||SR 39 is Buchman Highway north of I-4 and Wheeler Street south of I-4, but only Buchman Highway is mentioned as a street name; Alexander Street is also known as SR 39A, but is not marked for that highway.|
|22.596||36.365||14||22||SR 553 (Park Road)||Interchange is not marked for SR 553|
|25.563||41.140||15||25||County Line Road|
||Lakeland||26.530||42.696||15A||27||SR 570 east (Polk Parkway) – Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow|
|28.365||45.649||16||28||SR 546 to US 92 – Lakeland||Interchange is not marked for SR 546|
|30.675||49.367||17||31||SR 539 – Lakeland, Kathleen|
|32.003||51.504||18||32||US 98 – Lakeland, Dade City|
|33.440||53.816||19||33||SR 33 / CR 582 – Lakeland|
|Polk City||41.223||66.342||20A||41||SR 570 west (Polk Parkway) – Auburndale, Lakeland|
|43.981||70.781||21||44||SR 559 – Polk City, Auburndale|
|47.982||77.220||22||48||CR 557 – Lake Alfred, Winter Haven|
|Davenport||54.733||88.084||23||55||US 27 – Haines City, Clermont|
||57.723||92.896||24||58||CR 532 – Kissimmee, Poinciana|
|59.663||96.018||24B||60||SR 429 north – Apopka|
|Celebration||61.781||99.427||24C–E||62||SR 417 north (Central Florida Greenway) / World Drive – Sanford, Celebration, Disney World, Orlando International Airport|
|64.165||103.264||25||64||US 192 – Celebration, Kissimmee, Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios||Signed as exit 64A and 64B|
|65.322||105.126||25C–D||65||Osceola Parkway – Animal Kingdom, Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex|
||Lake Buena Vista||66.565||107.126||26A-B||67||SR 536 to SR 417 – Epcot, Downtown Disney||Signed as exits 67A and 67B|
|68.107||109.608||27||68||SR 535 – Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista|
|70.983||114.236||27A||71||Central Florida Parkway – Sea World||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; signed only for Sea World|
|Orlando||71.744||115.461||28||72||SR 528 east (Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway) – Orlando International Airport, Cape Canaveral|
|73.732||118.660||29A||74A||SR 482 (Sand Lake Road) – International Drive||No access from westbound entrance from SR 435 southbound|
|75.246||121.097||29B||74B||Adventure Way - Universal Orlando Resort||Westbound exit and entrance; no access from westbound entrance from SR 435 southbound; signed only for "Universal"|
|75.246||121.097||30||75||SR 435 (Kirkman Road) – Universal Boulevard, International Drive||Signed as exits 75A (south) and 75B (north); Eastbound, Exit 75A (Universal Boulevard) is right exit and right entrance and Exit 75B (SR 435) is left exit and right entrance; Westbound, Exit 75B (SR 435 North) is right exit and right entrance and Exit 75A (SR 435 South) is left exit and right entrance|
|76.359||122.888||31||77||Florida's Turnpike / SR 91 – Miami, Ocala|
|77.760||125.143||31A||78||Conroy Road||The Mall at Millenia|
|79.147||127.375||32||79||CR 423 (John Young Parkway)|
|80.474||129.510||33||80||US 17 / US 92 / US 441 (Orange Blossom Trail)||Signed as exits 80A (south/west) and 80B (north/east) eastbound; previously signed as exits 33A and 33B accordingly; westbound is a left exit, signed as Exit 80 and accesses South US 441 / South US 17 / West US 92 only|
|81.004||130.363||34||81A||To US 17 north / US 92 east / US 441 north (Michigan Street)||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|81.469||131.112||35||81BC||Kaley Avenue||Signed as exits 81B (east) and 81C (west) westbound|
|82.116||132.153||36||82A||SR 408 (East–West Expressway)|
|82.646||133.006||37||82B||Anderson Street||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; to Amway Center, Downtown Orlando|
|82.636||132.990||39||82B||South Street||Signed as exit 83 westbound; to Amway Center, Downtown Orlando|
|83.792||134.850||41||83A||US 17 / US 92 / SR 50 (Colonial Drive) / Amelia Street|
|85.135||137.012||43||85||Princeton Street||Florida Hospital-Ginsburg Tower and Orlando Science Center|
|Winter Park||85.890||138.227||44||86||Par Street||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|86.789||139.673||45||87||SR 426 (Fairbanks Avenue)|
|87.767||141.247||46||88||SR 423 (Lee Road)|
|Maitland||89.491||144.022||47||90||SR 414 (Maitland Boulevard)||Signed as exits 90A (east) and 90B (west) eastbound|
||Altamonte Springs||91.631||147.466||48||92||SR 436 – Altamonte Springs, Apopka|
|93.613||150.656||49||94||SR 434 – Longwood, Winter Springs|
|Lake Mary||98.400||158.359||50||98||Lake Mary Boulevard – Lake Mary, Heathrow||Interchange is not marked for Lake Mary Boulevard|
|Sanford||100.628||161.945||51A||101A||CR 46A (Paola Road) – Sanford, Heathrow||Interchange is not marked for Paola Road|
|101.366||163.133||101B||SR 417 south (Central Florida Greenway) – Orlando Sanford International Airport, Orlando International Airport||Eastbound exit accessible via "Exit 101B-C"|
|102.505||164.966||51||101C||SR 46 – Sanford, Mount Dora||Eastbound exit accessible via "Exit 101B-C"|
|103.997||167.367||52||104||US 17 / US 92 – Sanford|
||Deltona||107.821||173.521||53||108||CR 4162 (Dirksen Drive/DeBary Avenue) – DeBary, Deltona||Interchange is not marked for CR 4162 or the local roads|
|110.636||178.051||53C||111||CR 4146 (Saxon Boulevard) – Deltona, Orange City||Signed as exits 111A (Deltona) and 111B (Orange City); previously signed as exits 53CA and 53CB accordingly; interchange is not marked for CR 4146 or Saxon Boulevard|
|Orange City||113.783||183.116||54||114||SR 472 – Deltona, DeLand|
|Lake Helen||115.898||186.520||55||116||CR 4116 (Orange Camp Road) – Lake Helen, DeLand, Lake Helen Historic District||Interchange is not marked for CR 4116 or Orange Camp Road|
|118.456||190.636||56||118||SR 44 (New York Avenue) – DeLand, New Smyrna Beach, DeLand Historic District|
|Daytona Beach||129.131||207.816||57||129||US 92 east – Daytona Beach||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|131.987||212.412||58||132|| I-95 – Jacksonville, Miami
SR 400 east – South Daytona, Daytona Beach
|Signed as exits 132A (north) and 132B (south) northbound & 132A (south)/132B (north) southbound; SR 400 continues beyond I-95|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Interstate 4.|
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- Tampa Bay Interstates (Tampa-area reconstruction)
- Central Florida Roads
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