I-4 overpass at Colonial Drive set to open Jan. 7

The Florida Department of Transportation on Friday announced they are opening a new overpass over Colonial Drive in Downtown Orlando.

The opening was delayed after cracks developed in the column that supports the ramp.  FDOT says additional testing has been completed and the structure is ready to be opened to traffic, which is slated for Monday morning, Jan. 7.

The bridge is part of a new on-ramp for traffic to merge onto eastbound I-4 from Garland Avenue at Amelia Street. To access the new ramp, motorists need to be in the right lane on Garland Avenue. The bridge opening allows for other work to continue in downtown Orlando, including demolition of the old on-ramp at Amelia Street, as well as work to construct eastbound lanes for the I-4 Ultimate mainline