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Selmon Connector now set to open early Monday

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Published:   |   Updated: January 5, 2014 at 03:46 PM

TAMPA — The Interstate 4-Selmon Expressway Connector should now open by 5 a.m. Monday - assuming no more of the bad weather that interfered with striping and other final touches.

The Florida Department of Transportation had hoped to open the connector today.

The Florida Department of Transportation said Thursday the new target opening is “Sunday night into Monday morning,” with all movements open by 5 a.m. Monday morning.

Rain Wednesday and Thursday led to the delay, said John McShaffrey, FDOT District 7 Interstate pubic information officer.

“This has mainly affected the striping work, which cannot be done while raining or on already wet roads,” McShaffrey said in an email.

McShaffrey said the connector road will not be opened until all needed signs, pavement markings, lighting and other final touches are in place to protect public safety.

The 1-mile project, built at a cost of $421 million, with another $100 million to buy right of way, has exclusive truck lanes that are expected to to relieve heavy truck traffic between the Port of Tampa and I-4 from Ybor City streets.

The new road also will provide motorists with a link between the Selmon Expressway and I-4 and improve hurricane evacuation options from Pinellas County.

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