If you need a primer on the $412-million project, visit the Florida Department of Transportation online, at myTBI.com. Here's some noted details:
- The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is building a new north-south toll road, which will connect Interstate 4 with the Selmon Expressway west of 31st Street in Tampa. This elevated roadway will link these two major east-west corridors and significantly improve the movement of people and goods.
- The new roadway will also provide exclusive truck lanes for direct access to the Port of Tampa and remove heavy truck traffic from local roads in Ybor City, one of only two National Historic Districts in Florida.
- Estimated completion date: Spring 2014
- Estimated date for lanes to open to traffic: End of 2013
- The project will also include a state-of-the-art toll facility with an all-electronic toll collection system that will allow for traffic to maintain highway speeds and for maintenance of toll equipment without disrupting traffic. The electronic open road tolling will be done through SunPass and Toll-by-Plate tolling. Click here for more info on all electronic tolling and Toll-by-Plate
In addition to the video at ABC Action News, touted as a "first look the I-4 Selmon Expressway connector, which won’t open until the end of the year," readers can view a series of videos at myTBI.com, including a driving south animation tour and an animated tour driving through the toll gantry.