On this day in 1958, construction began on Florida's Interstate 4. Also known as I-4 (currently the lowest-numbered Interstate Highway in the contiguous 48 U.S. states) the road is used by travelers destined for Walt Disney World and other Central Florida tourist sites.
Today the Florida road stretches from Interstate 275 in Tampa to Interstate 95 at Daytona Beach. It maintains a diagonal, northeast-southwest route for its entire length of 134 miles.
I-4 was one of the first Interstate Highways to be constructed in Florida. The first section opened between Plant City and Lakeland in 1959. By 1961, the Lakeland to Orlando segment was completed. The final link of the road was laid out by 1965.
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