In January, the Florida Dept. of Transportation announced that construction was set to begin on the $400-million Interstate-4/Selmon Expressway Connector project in Tampa, an elevated interchange project that will link I-4 and the Selmon Expressway and provide dedicated truck lanes.

Adam Perez, FDOT District 7 project manager, said the Connector is the largest construction contract that FDOT District 7 has ever advertised for bidding. The project was kick-started by approximately $100 million in stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The remaining portion of the design-bid-build-finance project’s funding will be contractor-financed initially, until federal funding begins, estimated to be in 2013 or 2014.

The project is a collaboration between FDOT, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, and the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority.

The Connector will feature a series of interconnecting one- and two-lane ramps that merge at one section into a 12-lane roadway. PBS&J is the project designer. Construction is expected to proceed over a 36-month timeline.

The estimated completion date for the project is 2013.