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Opening of Selmon connector delayed until Monday


Published:   |   Updated: January 3, 2014 at 05:51 AM

Weather concerns have prompted the Florida Department of Transportation to delay the opening of the Interstate 4-Selmon Expressway Connector until Monday morning.

In a news release, the FDOT said the opening will take place Sunday night into Monday morning, with all movements open by 5 a.m., weather permitting.

Officials say the roadway will not be open until all signs, pavement markings and lighting is in place.

The $500 million-plus elevated toll-road project was conceived three decades ago. Construction began March 1, 2010.

The connector’s primary purpose is to divert most Port of Tampa truck traffic, which can reach 10,000 vehicles daily, from downtown 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.

About 1,000 people got a preview of the connector and its elevated views of the Tampa skyline Saturday during a 5K run.

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