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September 2017

Gandy Blvd. Drivers, Businesses and Residents Alert

Contact Information
Mellisa McColley
Public Information Officer
Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com
813-613- 2306

Tampa, FL September 28, 2017 – Preliminary Geotechnical Investigation in preparation for the Selmon Extension Monday, October 2, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 workers will be performing preliminary geotechnical work with a small drilling crew on Gandy Boulevard at Culbreath Key Way, between S. Trask St. and Hesperides St., between S. Manhattan Ave. and S. Clarke Ave. and at S. Church St. in preparation for the Selmon Extension project. Work will be performed

from 6 am until 9 pm. All lanes on Gandy Boulevard will remain open during day time operations. Work will also be performed from 9 pm until 6 am with lane closures in these areas.

Please be careful of our workers and drive safely through work zones.
For more information, call 813.613.2306 or email Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com

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August 2017

Adding funds to your SunPass® account just got easier: SunPass Cash Reload program is now available at 7-Eleven convenience stores throughout Florida

August 29, 2017 – Fort Lauderdale- Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) customers now have even more opportunities to conveniently add cash to their SunPass accounts. Through a partnership with 7-Eleven, FTE has expanded the SunPass Cash Reload program to nearly 6,500 replenishment locations.

In order to use the SunPass Reload Card, first pick up a Reload Card from the display rack at 7-Eleven or other reload locations. Easy to follow instructions are on the front and back of the card. Customers are required to activate/register the SunPass Reload card, associating the card to the SunPass transponder account; then load funds (between $10 – $500) onto the SunPass Reload card with a cashier. Customers can add funds to their SunPass accounts using cash or a credit card. Funds are loaded to the customer’s account in real time. A convenience fee of $1.50 is applied for all load/reload transactions. Checking the account balance is free. Simply call the phone number provided on the card.

The SunPass Reload card is reusable and does not expire. To reuse the card, customers present the same SunPass Reload card at the register along with payment. Cashiers will process the sale and funds are immediately loaded to customer’s account. SunPass Reload Cards are available and displayed on the gift card racks in CVS, Walgreens, Sunoco, Speedway and Murphy Oil stores.

SunPass transponders are also available for purchase at thousands of retail locations including Publix, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Navarro Discount Pharmacies, Sedano’s Supermarkets, Amscot, all AAA locations in Florida, Florida Welcome Centers, all Turnpike service plaza gift shops and Shell convenience stores. You can also purchase a transponder at www.SunPass.com or by calling 1-888-TOLL-FLA (865-5352).

SunPass customers always pay the lowest toll rate available. Use your SunPass® transponder on all toll roads and most bridges throughout Florida. SunPass® is now accepted in Georgia and North Carolina with more states coming soon.

THEA Completes Bond Sale for Financing of the Selmon West Extension

August 24, 2017 – Tampa, Fl – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is pleased to announce that it has completed a $157 million bond sale to finance the Selmon West Extension.

THEA had six times the offers – over $1 billion in orders – for the offering. Because of this overwhelming interest in investing in the Tamp Bay regions, THEA was able to reprice the bonds, thus saving over $800,000 in interest costs.
“The strong demand for the bonds is a reflection of the Authority’s solid financial condition, the positive reception of the project, and interest to invest in our community, said Vincent J. Cassidy, Chairman of THEA’s Board of Directors. “Investors see our region as a good place to put their money based on our strong demographic trends and prospect for continued economic growth as evidenced by other sizeable infrastructure projects in development and on the horizon,” Cassidy continued.
In addition to the strong economy and economic outlook, THEA also received ratings news in the last two weeks. Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings raised its long-term and underlying ratings on THEA’s outstanding revenue bonds from A to A+. At the same time, S&P also assigned its A+ rating to THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds for the financing of the Selmon West Extension. In addition, Moody’s Investor Services assigned its rating of A2 on THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds and affirms the A2 on THEA’s outstanding parity senior bonds.

THEA’s management team, traffic and revenue consultant, general engineering consultant, financial advisor and Board Chairman presented to both rating agencies in July. THEA’s team reported strong traffic and revenue growth in recent years, steady population growth that provides adequate demand for the expressway, and the strong demand for the Selmon Expressway as an essential commuter facility. The A+ and A2 ratings from S&P and Moody’s respectively are reflective of their confidence in THEA’s financial strength and capabilities of operating and maintaining the Selmon Expressway and were an important factor in investor interest.

Proceeds from the Bonds will provide the Authority funding for capital projects, including the Selmon West Extension Project, which will offer travelers a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, alleviating the traffic congestion on Gandy Boulevard and creating greater capacity and access to neighborhoods and businesses.

“THEA is well positioned over the next five years due to well-maintained physical assets and current capital program” stated Amy Lettelleir, THEA’s Chief Financial Officer. THEA’s revenue bonds, and the agreement provides THEA with operational autonomy and complete control over revenues.

“We’re very happy with the ratings we received” said Mr. Cassidy.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email info@tampa-xway.com.

Bond Rating Increase for the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority

Upgraded bond rating attributed to sound fiscal management, traffic growth, steady and sustainable revenue growth above forecast

Tampa, FL – August 16, 2017 – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is extremely pleased to announce favorable ratings from two highly respected rating agencies.

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has raised its long-term and underlying ratings on THEA’s outstanding revenue bonds from A to A+.  At the same time, S&P also assigned its A+ rating to THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds for the financing of the Selmon West Extension.  Among the independent expressway authorities in Florida, THEA has the highest rating from S&P.

In addition, Moody’s Investor Services assigned its rating of A2 on THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds and affirms the A2 on THEA’s outstanding parity senior bonds.

THEA’s management team, traffic and revenue consultant, general engineering consultant, financial advisor and Board Chairman presented to both rating agencies in July.  THEA’s team reported stronger than forecasted traffic and revenue growth in recent years, steady population growth that provides adequate demand for the expressway, and the strong demand for the Selmon Expressway as an essential commuter facility. The A+ and A2 ratings from S&P and Moody’s respectively are reflective of their confidence in THEA’s financial strength and capabilities of operating and maintaining the Selmon Expressway.

The agency will go to the bond market at the end of this month to finance the Selmon West Extension project.  This is THEA’s first major construction project as an independent authority.

“Having S&P upgrade THEA’s rating to A+ and Moody’s affirmation of its A2 rating will result in lower borrowing costs for the Authority,” said Amy Lettelleir, THEA’s chief financial officer.

“THEA has worked hard to get and keep the Authority in a strong financial position.  This allows us to do more transportation projects for the Tampa Bay area, all without adding to the state’s debt,” said Joe Waggoner, executive director, THEA.

Board Chair Vincent J Cassidy said, “I couldn’t be more proud of our leadership team and all they have accomplished for the authority and our community. The raising of our bond rating is recognition of the successful execution of our strategy as well as how we manage our cash flow and our projects, including the upcoming $250 million expansion of our system.”

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ABOUT THEA:

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.

Follow the THEA on Twitter: @THEASelmon
Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TampaHillsboroughExpresswayAuthority/

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.

ABOUT THEA:
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.

Follow THEA on Twitter: @THEASelmon
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TampaHillsboroughExpresswayAuthority

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.

Media Alert – Selmon Greenway Pocket Parks

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) Scheduled Closure

August 4, 2017 – The Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) will close, Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:00 am. All five entry points will be closed, Downtown Entrance, 34th Street Entrance, 301 Entrance, Brandon Entrance and 78th Street Entrance until Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 6 pm when the REL will open in the east bound direction, resuming normal hours of operation.
The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority thank you for your patience as upgraded software is installed to enhance service to our customers. We regret any inconvenience.

Motorists are advised that the REL hours are subject to change without notice for maintenance and construction work.  Click here to download the media alert.

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority (THEA) revises its 2017 meeting schedule as follows:

BOARD MEETING

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.

July 2017

Selmon Expressway Hours for July 4th Holiday

Tampa, June 27, 2016– Since Tuesday, July 4th is a holiday, the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) on the Selmon Expressway will remain in the eastbound direction (toward Brandon) until Wednesday, July 5th at 6 am.  It will resume normal operations at that time.

Motorists are advised that the hours of operation on the Reversible Express Lanes are subject change without notice for construction/maintenance work.

Click here to downlowd – Media Alert July 4th-REL Schedule

June 2017

Dog Park Grand Opening in Channelside

Who: Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) and The City of Tampa

What: Grand Opening and Dedication of the Hillsborough County Sheriff Deputy John Kotfila Memorial Dog Park

Where: 705 Raymond Street, Tampa, FL 33602, underneath the Selmon Expressway, behind the Bell Channelside Apartments

When: Saturday, June 24th from 9 am – 12 pm; Dedication and remarks at 9:30 am

Why: To honor Deputy Kotfila’s service and sacrifice to our community. After learning of the strong bond between Deputy Kotfila and his German Shepard, Dexter, THEA built the dog park in remembrance of Deputy Kotfila. The City of Tampa will maintain the dog park.

About the Event:

This is a family-friendly event. Activities for children include a toddler seahorse dry slide, octopus playland, bouncy house and Connect Four game. The Kotfila Dog Park is in the shade of the Expressway so fur babies will have the opportunity to try out the new dog park in comfort! Giveaways include portable dog bowls, treats, and photos.

Click to Download – Media Advisory – Dog Park Grand Opening

May 2017

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Memorial Day, 2017 Schedule

Tampa, FL May 22, 2017 – Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) will open eastbound at 1 pm, Friday, May 26, 2017, and will remain eastbound until 6:00 am, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. At that time, the REL will be open in the westbound direction from Brandon to the downtown area, resuming normal operation hours.

Click here to download the Media Alert – Memorial Day REL Schedule

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

Selmon Expressway Pressure Washing Continues – Part of the Expressway Closed

Tampa, March 28, 2017 – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will continue 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. However, a new section of the Expressway will be closed.

Eastbound vehicles will be directed off the Selmon Expressway at 50th Street to Adamo
Drive and back onto the Expressway at US 301.

Westbound vehicles will be directed off the Selmon Expressway at 301 to Adamo Drive and back onto the Expressway at 50th Street.

Both eastbound and westbound tolls at 50th Street will be suspended during this closure.

The closure will be timed as to not affect eastbound traffic after Amelia Arena Lightning games.

Click here to download the Media Alert – Pressure Washing Phase 2

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 contactus@downtowntampagrid.com 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.

2015 Press Releases And Alerts

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813-272-6740 ext 130

sue@tampa-xway.com

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