Commuters navigate new interchange at Maitland and I-4

By David Bodden, Reporter/Anchor
Last Updated: Monday, September 25, 2017, 11:47 AM EDT

A new elevated interchange that opened this weekend on the westbound side of Maitland Boulevard at Interstate 4 confused some commuters Monday morning.

  • New interchange opens at Maitland Boulevard and I-4
  • Opened Sunday, but many commuters encountered it Monday
  • New traffic pattern also affects several other area roads

Motorists had already dealt with numerous lane shifts while this latest portion of the "I-4 Ultimate" project has been underway. Some vehicles could be seen stopped in a striped area Monday, trying to adjust to the correct lanes.

The new traffic pattern on the westbound side of Maitland Boulevard at I-4 started on Sunday. It leaves a single left lane for commuters to head from westbound Maitland Boulevard to westbound I-4.

From Maitland Avenue, westbound Maitland Boulevard motorists heading to westbound I-4 must be in the left lane. Drivers heading westbound on Maitland Boulevard to eastbound I-4 or continuing on westbound Maitland Boulevard must be in the right lanes.

The shift is a new elevated bridge and is expected to help alleviate traffic in the area by eliminating traffic signals between Maitland Summit Boulevard and I-4. In addition, there are now access ramps to Keller Road and Maitland Summit Boulevard.

"It's a major change for drivers in this area coming from (U.S.) 17-92 or Maitland Avenue," I-4 Ultimate spokesman Dave Parks said. "You want to continue on Maitland Boulevard. You need to make sure you are in the right hand lanes. If you're trying to get to westbound I-4, you need to be in the left hand lanes starting at Hope Road. So starting before you even get to I-4 you need to make sure you are in the proper lanes.”

Maitland Boulevard isn't the only roadway affected by this traffic shift. Officials warn motorists to watch for new traffic patterns on Hope Road, Lake Destiny Road, Maitland Summit Boulevard and Keller Road.

Florida Department of Transportation officials estimate the flyover will see more than 70,000 vehicles a day.

They said now that the westbound side is complete, work on the eastbound side of Maitland Boulevard will begin and should be completed by late 2018 or early 2019.