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I-4 / Selmon Expressway Connector (completed October 2014)

Project Description

Financial Project Number: 258415
Project Limits: from Interstate 4 to Selmon Expressway
Project Length: about 1 mile (main corridor)
Construction Cost: $426 million
Contractor: PCL/Archer Western, a Joint Venture
Start Date: March 1, 2010
Completed: October 19, 2014
Lanes Opened to Traffic: January 6, 2014

EXIT NUMBERS
- Use I-4 Exit 2 (from the left lane) to go to the Selmon Expressway.
- Use Selmon Expressway Exit 10 to go to I-4.

About this Project
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has constructed a new north-south toll road, which connects Interstate 4 with the Selmon Expressway west of 31st Street in Tampa. This elevated roadway links these two major east-west corridors and has significantly improved the movement of people and goods.

The new roadway also provides exclusive truck lanes for direct access to Port Tampa Bay and has helped remove heavy truck traffic from local roads in Ybor City, one of only two National Historic Districts in Florida.

Other Project Benefits

  • Provides an additional hurricane evacuation route.
  • Provides increased mobility for emergency services first responders.

    Design
    This unique, complex project was designed by national engineering firms. Design challenges included limiting impacts to the City of Tampa's McKay Bay Park and Palmetto Beach, a community eligible for designation as an Historic District. The new roadway also had to be designed to cross a number of urban streets, State Road 60, and CSX railroad tracks, as well as fit interchanges into Interstate 4 and the Selmon Expressway.

    The project features a state-of-the-art toll facility with an all-electronic toll collection system that allows for traffic to maintain highway speeds and for maintenance of toll equipment without disrupting traffic. The electronic open road tolling is collected through SunPass and Toll-by-Plate tolling. Click here for more info on all electronic tolling and Toll-by-Plate

    Project Partners
    The I-4 / Selmon Expressway Connector Project partners were the Florida Department of Transportation - District Seven, Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority.

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    GRAPHICS & VIDEO

    Presentation Board View of the Project
    Click here to view the board

    The viewing quality of the following videos relies on many factors -- your computer speed, internet connection speed, etc. It may take a second viewing to allow your computer to capture the video and display it smoothly.

    "Drive-through" Video (through toll gantry)
    Click here to view the animated video of driving through the toll gantry

    Driving south animation tour
    Click here to view a video that begins south of I-4 and ends at the Port of Tampa

    Video of project design
    Click here to view the video

    I-4 / Selmon Expressway Connector Industry Forum
    Please click here to get graphics, video, and other information from the May 27, 2009 meeting regarding this project.

    Lane Closure Hours were

    Interstate 4:
    Eastbound: 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
    Westbound: 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

    Selmon Expressway:
    Day: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Night: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    State Road 60:
    Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Night: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

    21st and 22nd streets (SR 45):
    Day: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Night: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

    Side Streets:
    Day: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Night: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

    Contact Person(s)

    Public & Media Contact
    John McShaffrey, APR
    Interstate Construction Office
    (813) 242-2462
    E-mail