5K road race marks opening of Selmon/I-4 connector - WFLA News Channel 8

5K road race marks opening of Selmon/I-4 connector

Posted: Updated:
Runners began lining up early Saturday morning for the 5K road race. Runners began lining up early Saturday morning for the 5K road race.
Construction for the Selmon/I-4 Connector began in March 2010. Construction for the Selmon/I-4 Connector began in March 2010.
Runners of all ages took part in Saturday's 5K held to mark the grand opening of the connector. Runners of all ages took part in Saturday's 5K held to mark the grand opening of the connector.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Approximately 1,000 runners took part in a 5K road race Saturday morning to mark the opening of the Interstate 4-Selmon Connector.

The event began on the west side of South 20th St. – just south of the Selmon Expressway where the truck ramp from I-4 enters South 20th.

Don’t miss out on the day’s top Facebook conversations http://on.fb.me/18y81Cl

After the race a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening. Drivers will be able to use the new connector next week according to a release from the Florida Department of Transportation.

The 5K was sponsored by FDOT and the Port of Tampa. The Selmon Connector idea was conceived three decades ago and cost approximately $420 million to complete.

The new roadway will provide a hurricane evacuation route for Pinellas County residents using the Gandy Bridge and the Selmon Expressway by providing easier access to I-4 officials say. One of the biggest reasons for the Connector however, was to eliminate heavy truck traffic from Ybor City roads.

It should also shorten travel times from Tampa International Airport via the Howard Frankland Bridge and points north of Tampa due to an easier link to I-4.

In addition the port gains an important marketing tool to attract shippers. Once truckers reach the entry point to the Crosstown – not far from the port – they can reach the Northeastern part of the country without encountering one traffic signal.

Those who use the new toll road will have to pay between 50 cents and $1.25 depending on how far they travel on it.
  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • FDLE opens investigation into Spring Hill sinkhole home

    FDLE opens investigation into Spring Hill sinkhole home

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:52:00 GMT
    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened an investigation into whether a Spring Hill home seller committed fraud by lying about a sinkhole under the home. This follows an 8 On Your Side investigation that showed that Glenn Jasen, the former homeowner, cashed a check from Citizens Property Insurance for $153,745 in January 2009. But he didn't use the money to fix the sinkhole. Instead, Jasen sold the home to Kelly Magbee's family in March. The Magbees moved in with their five ch...
    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened an investigation into whether a Spring Hill home seller committed fraud by lying about a sinkhole under the home. This follows an 8 On Your Side investigation that showed that Glenn Jasen, the former homeowner, cashed a check from Citizens Property Insurance for $153,745 in January 2009. But he didn't use the money to fix the sinkhole. Instead, Jasen sold the home to Kelly Magbee's family in March. The Magbees moved in with their five ch...
  • UPS won't pay for Tampa veteran's damaged computer

    UPS won't pay for Tampa veteran's damaged computer

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:31:49 GMT
    The damaged computerThe damaged computer
    Vincent Farina had a plan when he left the Marines to pursue his degree in game design.
    Vincent Farina had a plan when he left the Marines to pursue his degree in game design.
  • Sales Tax Holiday for appliances this weekend

    Sales Tax Holiday for appliances this weekend

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:49:17 GMT
    You can buy appliances tax free this weekend Sept. 19-21 but they have to be energy and water efficient, Florida Department of Revenue announced this week.
    You can buy appliances tax free this weekend Sept. 19-21 but they have to be energy and water efficient, Florida Department of Revenue announced this week.
  • NewsMore>>

  • President visits MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa

    President visits MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:37:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive at MacDill Air Force Base Tuesday.
    President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive at MacDill Air Force Base Tuesday.
  • Man attacks 80-year-old woman in Winter Haven robbery

    Man attacks 80-year-old woman in Winter Haven robbery

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:10:31 GMT
    Winter Haven police are looking for a man they report attacked an 80-year-old woman during a robbery.
    Winter Haven police are looking for a man they report attacked an 80-year-old woman during a robbery.
  • Three Tampa Bay area Arigatos close. Leaves workers payless.

    Three Tampa Bay area Arigatos close. Leaves workers payless.

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:56:39 GMT
    Employees of three Arigato Japanese in the Tampa bay area are fuming mad. “It's a shame that they're treating us this way” said server, Jamie Burns.No warning. Just closed, for good! One in Clearwater, another in St. Petersburg, a third in Tampa... Shut down!
    Employees of three Arigato Japanese in the Tampa bay area are fuming mad. “It's a shame that they're treating us this way” said server, Jamie Burns.No warning. Just closed, for good! One in Clearwater, another in St. Petersburg, a third in Tampa... Shut down!
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.