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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.

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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