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Smooth opening for Crosstown

By Times Staff
Published July 18, 2006

[Times photo: Skip O'Rourke]
The first cars on the Crosstown Expressway's elevated section leave Brandon toward Tampa this morning.

[Times photo: Ken Helle]
A driver exits the new elevated portion of the Crosstown Expressway early Tuesday morning, crossing Twiggs Street and continuing on Meridian Street.

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Graphic: Elevated express lane

The elevated lanes of the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday, offering drivers an upper-deck alternative to the sluggish morning commute from Brandon to Tampa.

Tuesday’s opening came more than two years after a devastating collapse that added about $100-million to the price tag.

For now, drivers will be allowed on the road only from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and only westbound toward Tampa. The reversible afternoon lanes headed east should open in late August, officials said.

The new toll road is open only to drivers with a SunPass transponder.

[Last modified July 18, 2006, 13:50:41]

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