Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Board of Directors Approves Selmon West Extension Design-Build Contract
August 14, 2017 - Tampa, Fla.- The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Board of Directors voted to approve awarding the Selmon West Extension Design-Build contract to the team of Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. and AECOM. The cost of the contract is just over $230 million and will be paid for out of toll revenues and bond proceeds.
The Selmon Extension is a 2-mile toll lane in the median of Gandy Boulevard that will offer a choice for regional travelers to either use Gandy Boulevard for local destinations or use the Selmon Extension for a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Dale Mabry Highway or the Gandy Bridge.
THEA’s goal was to find the team best suited to build an aesthetically-pleasing bridge while minimizing the construction impact on residents, business owners, and commuters. Four teams were selected to present their proposals that showcased innovation in both design and construction techniques. Factors such as design approach, construction approach, the number of days to complete the project, and lane and road closures, and price were all considered during the scoring process.
“Local residents, Gandy businesses, and commuters are important to us. In an effort to minimize construction impacts, we will work to ensure that the project is completed within THEA’s approved timeline,” said Joe Waggoner, Executive Director, THEA.
"It was a competitive process with four outstanding teams submitting proposals. THEA’s Technical Review committee, which included representatives from the Department of Transportation did an outstanding job of considering all of the factors when reviewing and scoring the proposals. The Kiewit and AECOM proposal depicted a signature bridge, one that will further promote the Tampa Bay area as an exciting place to live, work, and play,” said Vince Cassidy, Chairman of THEA’s Board of Directors.
Construction of the Selmon West Extension is expected to begin in early 2018, with an anticipated operational date in late 2020.
As the owner and operator of the Selmon Expressway, the Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority's (THEA) mission is to provide safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation services to the Tampa Bay region while reinvesting customer-based revenues back into the community.
Our vision is to lead, partner, and implement safe, economically sound, and innovative multi-modal transportation solutions for our Tampa Bay Community.
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Construction of Five Pocket Parks Along Selmon Greenway begins August 10, 2017
August 4, 2017 - In July, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority opened the Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park located on Raymond Street, along the Selmon Greenway as its first park. Today, THEA is excited to announce that construction of five pocket parks will begin on August 10, 2017. The Selmon Greenway is approximately 1.7 miles in length providing a connector for pedestrians and bike traffic to Downtown locations and activities. Construction will continue through to December 2017.
There are five parks under construction, beginning at the west end in Downtown Tampa’s Central Business District and ending near the School Board Building. (From Tampa Street to Kennedy Boulevard, underneath the Expressway.)
All the work will be accomplished during daytime hours. Pedestrians should be aware of possible sidewalk detours and closures throughout the construction area.
The Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority (THEA) revises its 2017 meeting schedule as follows:
DATE: Previously scheduled July 24, 2017, THEA Board Meeting canceled. Previously scheduled August 28, 2017, THEA Board Meeting rescheduled to August 14, 2017.
LOCATION: Authority’s Administrative Office, 1104 E. Twiggs Street, 1st Floor Board Room, Tampa, Florida 33602
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
All meetings will also be posted on the Authority’s website (www.tampa-xway.com), and at the Authority’s office. For additional information on this notice or copies of agendas, please contact the Authority at (813) 272-6740.
Any person requiring special accommodations to attend or participate in an Authority meeting, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, should call Donna Obuchowski at (813) 276-2113 at least five (5) working days prior to the meeting.
The Authority’s communications media technology policy provides that there may be occasions where one or more Board members participate in meetings by telephone, in which case a speaker phone shall be utilized in order that any interested persons attending the meeting may be fully informed of the discussion taking place by Board members attending in person as well as those attending by telephone.
NOTICE: If a person decides to appeal any decision made by THEA’s Board with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.