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Connector project scheduled to open soon

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

We got another update on the progress of the Interstate 4 and Selmon Expressway Connector today. The project is still on track to be open for drivers by the first week of January.

"We are pretty much right on schedule," FDOT spokesman John McShaffery stated. "We have contract time that goes to March of 2014, but the contractor has had an internal goal of trying to get traffic on the facility by the end of the year. And it's going to be very close."

The $421-million Connector will link I-4 with the Selmon Crosstown and give traffic direct access from the highways to the port area.

"Ybor City should get a tremendous amount of relief, particularly from the truck traffic," McShaffery continued. "Trucks will not be able to go directly through Ybor City using 21st and 22nd Street unless they are making a delivery. This facility is going to be their main connection."

There will be one toll spot, and it won't take cash -- you'll have to use Sunpass or Toll-by-Plate. For most drivers, it will cost between 50 cents and $1.25, depending on how far you go.

Meanwhile, the December 28th 5K foot race on the Connector has reached capacity, so if you have not signed up yet, you are out of luck.

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