Federal, state, and local elected officials attended the event.
Saturday’s ceremony and 5k race was held on the west side of
Crews had been working around the clock to get the I-4 Selmon Crosstown Expressway ready for its anticipated opening in 2014.
The Department of Transportation says the $400-million, mile-long stretch of toll road, which connects the Selmon Expressway to I-4, is expected to open to the public by the first week of January, or the end of next week.
The connector was mainly built to relieve truck traffic through Ybor City. For decades, heavy trucks rumbled through Ybor to and from the Port of Tampa.
Trucks will pay a dollar toll. Other motorists will have to pay between .50 and $1.25.
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Port Pres/CEO Paul Anderson speaks about the importance of the new I-4 Connector pic.twitter.com/REwDkqCYvX— Tampa Port Authority (@PortofTampa) December 28, 2013
Run the Connector! pic.twitter.com/tVpx71V7j3— Tampa Port Authority (@PortofTampa) December 28, 2013
TPA is proud to sponsor Run the Connector 5K today! pic.twitter.com/cRDCNclZxq— Tampa Port Authority (@PortofTampa) December 28, 2013