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April 2017

Selmon Expressway Reversible Lanes Schedule – Friday, April 14, 2017 Holiday

Tampa, FL April 3, 2017 –On Friday, April 14, the Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) will operate under normal hours at 6:00 a.m. in the westbound direction. At 10 a.m. the REL will be reversed eastbound and remain eastbound until Monday, April 10th, 2017 6 a.m. resuming normal operating hours.

Motorists are advised that the REL hours are subject to change without notice for maintenance and construction work.

Please check back for updates.

Press Release Friday, Good Friday – REL Schedule 2017

Improvements Scheduled for Meridian Avenue

Tampa, FL April 3, 2017 – The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), in conjunction with the City of Tampa, is working to make Meridian Avenue a safer road for pedestrians and bicyclists. In addition to the sidewalk and median work, we will also resurface Meridian Avenue beginning Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Resurfacing operations will take place from 8 pm to 5 am Sunday through Thursday. We will work around the Tampa Bay Lighting schedule.

This will be a moving operation to complete the project with periodic lane closures possible. No driveways will be blocked for any appreciable time.

Safety is the most important aspect of the project. Please work with us in respecting all signs and construction zones, as well as driving at the posted speed. Avoid contact with the hot asphalt when on foot, bikes, or rollerblades until the surface has cooled, typically 4-6 hours.

The expected completion of the project is around April 16, 2017. Weather and unforeseen circumstance may influence the progress of work.

Click here to download the Press Release -Improvements on Meridian

March 2017

Closures on the Selmon Expressway This Week Pressure Washing Continues For the Next Four Weeks

Tampa FL, March 8, 2017 – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will start pressure washing the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) every evening for approximately the next four weeks from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. This work will begin on Sunday, March 13, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.

Eastbound vehicles will be directed off the Selmon Expressway at 22nd Street to Adamo Drive and back on the Expressway at 50th Street. Westbound vehicles will have the same detour in reverse. The 22nd Street tolls will be suspended during this closure. Closures will be timed as to not affect eastbound traffic after Amelia Arena Lightning games.

Media Alert Selmon Pressure Washing

February 2017

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Enlists Suppliers to Bring Connected Vehicle Technology to Downtown Tampa

Tampa FL, February 23, 2017 – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is preparing to test and deploy new technology designed to improve transportation in downtown Tampa as part of its Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment project. The agency’s vehicle systems integration partner, Brandmotion of Southfield Michigan, has selected three companies to provide the cutting-edge communications equipment that will make the project possible: Commsignia, Santa Clara CA, Savari, Santa Clara CA and SiriusXM, New York NY.

Later this year, the Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot will begin equipping buses, streetcars, and privately owned vehicles with technology that will enable them to communicate with each other and with traffic signals, crosswalks and other elements of the transportation infrastructure. Pedestrians may also participate by downloading and using a smartphone app.

The goal is to provide equipped drivers, transit riders and pedestrians in downtown Tampa a range of safety and mobility benefits, including crash prevention, enhanced traffic flow, and greenhouse gas reductions. Vehicles participating in the pilot project will require in-vehicle displays, antennas and radio communication devices called onboard units. Commsignia, Savari and SiriusXM will supply the onboard units, which communicate with each other and with roadside equipment. Brandmotion is responsible for systems integration and testing. Researchers will compare the units’ performance and measure the effectiveness of the overall system.

Tampa was one of just three sites in the nation to be selected for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, which seeks to spur innovation among early adopters of connected vehicle applications. The four-year effort began in September 2015, when USDOT awarded THEA a $17 million contract to implement its winning proposal. The project reached another milestone in September 2016, when USDOT authorized THEA and its partners to proceed with the second phase, which includes design, testing, and deployment. The third and final phase, expected to begin in mid-2018, will involve the full-scale operation of connected vehicle technology throughout downtown Tampa.

To implement the pilot project, THEA has assembled a team that includes HNTB, Siemens, the University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research and Global 5 Communications. Key partners include the Florida Department of Transportation, the City of Tampa, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), the TECO Line Streetcar System and Hillsborough Community College.

CV Pilot-News Release-Suppliers

January 2017

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Closure

Tampa, FL, January 30, 2017 – The Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) will close, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, and Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. from the 78th street slip ramp to downtown Tampa. Will be open eastbound from the 301 entrance.
The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority thanks you for your patience and regrets any inconvenience.

Press Release 1 30 17 REL Closure

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Hours of Operation for Gasparilla Children’s Parade on January 21, 2017 and the Gasparilla Parade on January 28, 2017

TAMPA – (January 20, 2016) – To help facilitate the flow of traffic during the Gasparilla Celebration, please be advised of changes to Reversible Express Lanes normal operating hours.

On both Saturdays, the REL will be turned westbound (toward Tampa) at 8 am. Then at 4 pm, the REL will be reversed and will run eastbound (toward Brandon), The REL will remain open eastbound until 6 am Monday, January 30th, when it will resume its normal westbound operation.

Press Release-REL Schedule for Both Gasparilla Parades

The reversible lane schedule for the Selmon Expressway will have special hours this weekend (Jan. 7-8) because of expected heavy traffic.

TAMPA (January 2, 2016) -The Hillsborough Expressway says the reversible lanes on the Selmon Expressway will have special hours this weekend to accommodate the heavy traffic expected for various events.

Normally, the reversible express lanes on the Selmon are turned eastbound from 1 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday. However, to accommodate several special events that are happening in downtown Tampa, the reversible lanes will have special hours Saturday (Jan. 7) and Sunday (Jan. 8).

On Saturday, the reversible lanes will be turned westbound at 11 a.m. and then reversed to the eastbound direction at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, the reversible lanes will be turned westbound at 11 a.m. and then reversed to the eastbound direction at 8 p.m.

At 6 a.m. Monday (Jan. 9), the reversible lanes will open westbound and resume normal operating hours.

Remember, the reversible lane hours are subject to change without notice for maintenance and construction work.

Press Release – REL Schedule for the National Championship Game Weekend

2016 Press Releases And Alerts

December 2016

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Hours For The 2016 Holiday Season
Tampa, FL (December 19, 2016) The Selmon Expressway Reversible Lanes (REL) will open eastbound at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 23rd, and remain open eastbound until Tuesday, December 27th at 6 a.m. At that time, REL will be turned westbound and resume normal operational hours.

On Friday, December 30th, the Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) will open eastbound at 1 p.m. and remain open eastbound until Thursday, January 2nd, at 6 a.m. At that time, REL will be turned westbound and resume normal operational hours.

Motorists are advised that the REL hours are subject to change without notice for maintenance and construction work.

Press Release Holiday Hours 2016

Temporary Road Closure of Gandy Boulevard for Water Main Construction

gandy-closure-dec-2016Tampa, Fla. (December 8, 2016) – Gandy Boulevard from Himes Avenue to MacDill Avenue will be closed on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, for two (2) consecutive nights, as part of a Capital Improvement Project. On December 14 and December 15, 2016, Gandy Boulevard from Himes Avenue to MacDill Avenue will be closed at 9pm and will reopen the following morning by 6am, weather permitting. The City contractor will install a new 6-inch water main crossing Gandy Boulevard at the intersection of Mound Avenue.

Click to view a hi-resolution map with the City of Tampa’s suggested detour routes.

November 2016

November 28, 2016  Selmon Expressway  –  The ramp to enter northbound I-75 from the Selmon Expressway will be closed Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. A detour will be in place. Motorists are urged to use Falkenburg to SR 60 and enter I-75 at the Brandon interchange.

The REL will remain open for eastbound motorists.

Motorists are advised that the reversible lane hours are subject to change without notice for maintenance and construction work.

Download the MEDIA ALERT – Selmon Expressway

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours on the Selmon  Expressway Reversible Express Lanes

November 17, 2016 – The Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) will  open eastbound from 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain open heading eastbound until Monday, Nov. 28, at 6 a.m. At that time, REL will resume normal operations.   Motorists are advised that the reversible lane hours are subject to change without notice for maintenance and construction work.  Click here to download the media alert.

EAST & WESTBOUND LANE CLOSURE ALERT on the Selmon Expressway This Week Pressure Washing

Tampa, November 7, 2016 – EAST & WESTBOUND LANE CLOSURE ALERT – The eastbound and westbound local lanes of the Selmon Expressway from 50th Street to 22nd Street will be closed Monday through Thursday evenings beginning Monday, November 7, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for an estimated two weeks. The closure is due to pressure cleaning the Reversible Express Lanes (REL). Click to Download Media Alert.
PLEASE NOTE – if there is a Tampa Bay Lightning Game only westbound lanes will be closed.

Veteran’s Day 2016 Hours on the – Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes

November 2, 2016 – For the Veteran’s holiday, on November 11, 2016, the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) on the Selmon Expressway will maintain normal operation at 6:00 AM, with all traffic moving in the westbound direction from Brandon to the downtown area. At 10:00 AM, all traffic will be reversed to the eastbound direction from the downtown area to Brandon. Monday, November 14, 2016, normal hours of operation will resume.  Click here to download the media alert.

October 2016

No Lane Closures on the Selmon Expressway This Week –  Pressure Washing Suspended For a Week

Tampa, October 30, 2016 – NO LANE CLOSURES THIS WEEK – Pressure washing of the upper deck of the Selmon Expressway has been suspended for a week. There will be no lane closures until pressure washing resumes on November 7, 2016.

Temporary Lane Closures along Brorein Street for Roadway and Infrastructure Improvements – A portion of the Brorein Street intersection at Morgan Street will be closed beginning on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 9 a.m. as part of the roadway and infrastructure improvements to support area development.

tampa-gridThe two northernmost lanes on Brorein Street at the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Morgan Street exit ramp will be closed until appropriately 4 p.m. on November 2, 2016, weather permitting.

The westbound Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (Exit 7) ramp to Morgan Street / Brorein Street will be partially closed. Traffic exiting the Morgan Street (Exit 7) from westbound Selmon Expressway will not be able to continue straight (westbound) on Brorein Street. However, the northbound Morgan Street exit lane will remain open to traffic during this phase of the construction.

The City of Tampa recommends that westbound motorists use Kennedy Boulevard from Meridian Street and from the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (Exit 8) in lieu of Brorein Street to travel westbound through downtown.

Additional lane closures in the area along Channelside Drive will remain in effect through summer 2017.

The public can stay connected with the ongoing construction project by visiting DowntownTampaGrid.com. Questions or comments should be directed to the project team by email at [email protected] or by phone at (813) 607- GRID (4743).

Download the MEDIA ALERT – Reverse Express Lanes (REL) Closed on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 12pm-2:30pm. 

The Selmon Expressway (REL) will be closed Thursday, October 6, 2016, from noon to 2:30 p.m. from downtown Tampa to 301.

September 2016

Download the MEDIA ALERT – FDOT opens new SunPass Centralized Customer Service Center

FDOT opens new SunPass Centralized Customer Service Center
Official Dedication , 9:30 a.m., September 29, 2016, at the West Oaks Mall (Call Center is to the left of Dillards as you enter the mall)
9405 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee, FL 34761

Download the MEDIA ALERT – LANE CLOSURES on LOCAL East & Westbound Lanes-Selmon Expressway

EAST & WESTBOUND LANE CLOSURE ALERT – The eastbound and westbound local lanes of the Selmon Expressway from 50th Street to 22nd Street will be closed Sunday through Thursday evenings beginning Sunday, September 18, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for an estimated three weeks. The closure is due to pressure cleaning the Reversible Express Lanes (REL).

Motorist heading west on the Selmon Expressway will exit at 50th Street and use Adamo Drive (State Road 60) to 22nd Street and then reenter the Expressway. The eastbound detour is the same in reverse. The REL will remain open for the eastbound motorists.

Download the MEDIA ALERT – Temporary Lane Closure of Plant Avenue for Utility Construction

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE – A portion of Plant Avenue from Cleveland Street to Grand Central Avenue will be closed on Friday, September 16, 2016, and Friday, September 23, 2016, for utility construction.  TECO contractor will be upgrading the TECO substation on the corner of Plant Avenue and Cleveland Street.  For two (2) consecutive Friday’s, one (1) lane of Plant Avenue will be closed from Cleveland Street to Grand Central Avenue between 9am and 2pm, weather permitting.

The eastbound on-ramp to the Selmon Expressway at Plant Avenue will remain open.

Download the MEDIA ALERT – RAMP CLOSURE EastBound Entrance Dale Mabry/Gandy

RAMP CLOSURE ALERT – The eastbound Dale Mabry Gandy Boulevard entrances to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway will be closed September 19, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. The closure is due to remedial work on the Himes Avenue overpass in the eastbound lanes of the Expressway.

Click to download the MEDIA ALERT – REL Schedule for Labor Day Weekend 2016
For the Labor Day holiday, the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) on the Selmon Expressway will open in the eastbound direction (toward Brandon) at 1:30 pm, Friday, September 2nd and will remain in the eastbound direction until 6 am, Tuesday, September 6th. At that time, the REL will open westbound (toward Downtown Tampa) at the normal time of 6 am.

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