On Monday, Florida officials will launch another round of improvements aimed at making the notorious Fairbanks Curve on Interstate 4 safer.
Despite bigger warning signs and grooves to drain the concrete interstate, numerous crashes continue to happen during heavy rains.
A total of $220,000 in safety improvements have not been enough to stop the wrecks at the infamous curve. WFTV captured a nasty crash in the area in September shortly after officials said they believed they had fixed the problem.
The state is now getting rid of the grooves installed in March and starting all over again.
“It didn’t work as well as we thought it would, so we’re coming through with this to see if we can add more traction to the road with a place for the water to bead,” said Steve Olson of the Florida Department of Transportation.
But getting the rain to bead will cost $378,000 in new asphalt between Lee Road and Fairbanks Avenue, officials said.
The new asphalt will also have enhanced striping with the lines being closer together, so drivers will get the feeling they’re going faster, hopefully forcing them to slow down, officials said.
But the new fix is only temporary, and officials plan to widen I-4 by 2020. Under the new design, the curve won’t be as drastic as it is now once extra toll lanes are added.
With the bigger improvement down the road, drivers told WFTV spending money until then is a waste, but FDOT said it’s money well-spent if it prevents more crashes.