Interstate 4/Crosstown connector to open soon - WFLA News Channel 8

Interstate 4/Crosstown connector to open soon

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The connector will open for traffic the end of December The connector will open for traffic the end of December
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - A new toll road in Tampa is set to open and change traffic patterns for thousands of motorists.

The Florida Department of Transportation says the new I-4 connector the the Selmon Crosstown expressway should open in the first week of January.

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FDOT says the connector project will move truck traffic out of Ybor City.

"Ybor City should get a tremendous amount of relief, particularly from the truck traffic. What's going to happen is, 21st and 22 ed street are going to be reconfigured, there's going to be some on street parking, it's going to be more pedestrian friendly," said FDOT spokesman John McShaffrey.

FDOT says the estimated cost of the project is $421 million, although that cost may go up some.

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McShaffrey says the new connector will make things much better for truck traffic leaving the port of Tampa.

"Really it's going to be convenient and time and money saving for truckers to use this route," said McShaffrey.

FDOT says the new road system should open in the first week of January, although a firm date has not yet been set.

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