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Interstate 4/Crosstown connector opens next week

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The map of the connector The map of the connector
A bird's eye view of the Crosstown Connector. A bird's eye view of the Crosstown Connector.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - The new connector that will link Interstate 4 and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway near downtown Tampa is set to open the morning of Monday Jan. 6, Florida Department of Transportation officials said.

The elevated connector will move truck traffic out of Ybor City and trucks-only lanes will provide direct access to the Port of Tampa, according to the project's web page.

A new toll facility with an all-electric toll system will allow cars to maintain highway speeds going through the toll booths. The tolling will be done through SunPass and Toll-by-Plate.

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Richard Gonzmart is one of the owners of the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City and says the new roadway will improve Ybor.

"I've been anticipating this day for 20 years," said Gonzmart, as a large truck rumbled by his restaurant.

Gonzmart believes taking large trucks off of 21st and 22nd Streets in Ybor will help businesses.

"It's going to make the historic district more friendly as you come in here and the people who cross the street aren't going to have to worry about these trucks rumbling by," said Gonzmart.

Across the street at the Tabanaro Cigar shop, manager Steve Stamberger says he's also looking forward to changes in the truck route.

"What we are excited about is the fact that it's going to make this end, the east end of Ybor, a lot more pedestrian friendly. The speed limit is going to be reduced to 25 miles-an-hour. We understand there is going to be off street island parking."

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