The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to evaluate capacity improvements along the southernmost section of Selmon Expressway. The study limits extend from the eastern project limit of the Selmon Expressway West Extension Project to the beginning of the six-lane section near the overpass at Whiting Street, a distance of approximately 4.5 miles. Various roadway and ramp improvements will be evaluated during the study to improve the efficiency and capacity of the Selmon Expressway well into the future. It is anticipated that the improvements will primarily be accommodated within existing right-of-way.
The South Selmon Safety Project will enhance driver safety by constructing a concrete barrier wall in the median of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway between Hillsborough River and Himes Avenue.
This barrier wall between the Eastbound traffic and the Westbound traffic will prevent deadly crossover accidents. Studies show that median barriers are effective in reducing fatal crashes and serious-injury crashes caused by crossover accidents.
In addition to the barrier wall, the shoulders along the median will be paved to create a safe location for vehicles to pull over and await assistance. This will also help us keep our Road Rangers and First Responders safe as they help motorists.
There will be no lane closures on the Selmon Expressway during peak travel times and no impact to residents who use the streets under the Expressway.
To have THEA team members brief your neighborhood association or other local organization on the South Selmon Safety Project and other THEA projects, please email [email protected].
While we know that construction can be painful, making the Selmon Expressway a safe roadway for our travelers is always our top priority.
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