Tampa, Florida -- The rise of the I-4 Connector in Tampa has been hard to miss.
Construction crews have installed more than 1,000 of the 2,765 segments that will make up the multiple ramps and bridges forming the 'Connector', just west of 31st Street. The Florida Department of Transportation says the connector is about 65% complete.
When it opens late next year, the one mile toll bridge will give drivers a quicker option to connect between I-4 and the Selmon Expressway.
It will also alleviate the heavy truck traffic that now flows through Ybor City's 21st and 22nd Streets as truckers connect to the Port of Tampa from I-4.
FDOT says there are two types of bridges being built: bulb-T and segmental.
I-4 Connector by the numbers: (from FDOT)
- Construction started March 2010
- Construction costs: $400 million (Total costs, including design: $536 million)
- $105 million in stimulus money being used to build project
- 400+ construction jobs created
- 2,765 segments will make up multiple bridges (segments are produced in casting yard in the Port of Tampa)
- 29 concrete girder and segmental brigdes will make up the 'I-4/Selmon Expressway Connector'
- 12 miles of bridge girders erected during project
- 6 miles of drainage pipes will be installed
- 25 million pounds of reinforcing steel used
- More than 1 mile of bridge columns will make up the connector
- At widest point, the bridge will include 12 lanes at electronic tolling facility (toll by plate)
- Tolls: Passenger vehicles: .50 to $1.00, depending on route. Trucks heading to the Port of Tampa will pay $1.00 each way. Click here for a PDF on the toll rates