DOT: I-4 flooding showed negligence
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.