DOT: I-4 flood­ing showed neg­li­gence

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - Kevin Spear

With heavy rains con­tin­u­ing through­out the Or­lando area, state of­fi­cials are warn­ing road builders not to al­low an­other episode of sub­merged lanes dur­ing rush hour.

Heavy rains trig­gered ma­jor flood­ing on In­ter­state 4 late Wed­nes­day that snarled traf­fic in two places where heavy con­struc­tion is on­go­ing. The Florida Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion said the com­pany over­haul­ing the in­ter­state, I-4 Mo­bil­ity Part­ners, was neg­li­gent in en­sur­ing suf­fi­cient drainage from the road.

At least two east­bound lanes near the turn­pike were un­us­able from rush hour until about mid­night, said DOT spokesman Steve Ol­son. West­bound lanes of I-4 near Ka­ley and Michigan streets also were flooded.

DOT wants the road builder to in­crease its num­ber of work­ers watch­ing for flood­ing con­di­tions through the rest of the week.

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