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When will it end?

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

No matter where you drive or what road you take, chances are you'll run into major construction and lots of it.

"I used to drive all over and didn't have any difficulties but now it's almost impossible to get around," Helen Wood said.

"It's everywhere. I go back roads to avoid the majority of it.  Interstates, forget it. I'm not going to go on them unless I absolutely have no choice," Colleen Sharp said.

Crews are tearing up the asphalt from State Road 56 in Pasco County down to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and beyond.

And it's not cheap.

Construction on the interstates and the Selmon Expressway alone costs $850 million.

"We have a lot of the work that will be wrapping up in the next year or two, particularly on the Selmon Expressway and the connector to there," said John McShaffrey of the Florida Department of Transportation. "A lot of the I-75 work will be done or close to done. So there is light at the end of the tunnel for these projects that are going on."

But that light may dim a little when you hear this.

Tampa's "Malfunction Junction," the downtown interchange crews just finished re-building a few years ago, is already obsolete.

Eventually, the FDOT said it'll need a complete do over: adding lanes, moving exits and overhauling the entire area.

"There's a Tampa interstate study that was done back in the 80's and it identified a number of needs for the Tampa Bay area," McShaffrey said. "Many of those have been built. Some are under construction right now, but there are some more to come in the future."

"Wow! That's more money?" Dimas Palacio asked. "More taxpayer money, right? I'm a taxpayer and that's where my money's going to go."

But it won't happen anytime soon. The FDOT says there's not enough money for that project, and there won't be for at least another five years.

So, perhaps a break is in store after all.

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