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Crosstown's Brandon link opens Tuesday

Initially, the elevated road will only take traffic from Brandon to downtown Tampa. The eastbound commute should begin in late August.

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published July 17, 2006


TAMPA — More than two years after a support on the elevated section of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway collapsed, construction is complete and the beleaguered new section of the highway will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The toll road will serve Sunpass holders only and will be available during the morning commute, from 6 to 10 a.m.

Initially, only the westbound phase of the expressway will be open; commuters can take the road from Brandon, at Town Center Boulevard or 78th Street entrances to Meridian Street in downtown Tampa. The ride will cost $1.

Transportation officials are gearing up to open the eastbound phase by Aug. 31, according to the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority.

It has cost about $90-million to fix the span, which first experienced problems in April 2004.

[Last modified July 17, 2006, 11:56:44]


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