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2022 Press Releases And Alerts
May 2022
Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) Additional Access Points Construction

Tampa, Fla. (May 10, 2022) – With construction underway on the REL ramps, westbound traffic will be detoured off at 50th Street. The detour will take motorists to SR 60 (Adamo Drive) and then back onto the Expressway at 22nd Street. The tolls at 22nd Street will be waived during this detour. The schedule for the detour is as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 11 – 9 pm to 5 am
  • Thursday, May 12 – 9 pm to 5 am

On an ongoing basis, nighttime lane closures will occur throughout this project. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time. For more information, learn more about this project at https://www.tampa-xway.com/rel-slip-ramp-construction/, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.

April 2022
Selmon Expressway Daytime Lane Closures

Tampa, Fla. (April 26, 2022) – Intermittent daytime single lower lane closures will occur the last week of April as well as the first two weeks of May on the Selmon Expressway from the Channel District to the East Toll Plaza area as we further optimize our lighting on the Reversible Express Lanes.

Please slow down, drive with caution and follow lane closure signage as we make these beneficial changes. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Spring Holiday Schedule

Tampa, Fla. (April 14, 2022) – On April 15, 2022, 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. The REL will remain in this configuration until Monday, April 18, 2022, at 6:00 AM, when the REL goes back to normal operation with all traffic traveling westbound from Brandon towards the downtown area.

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

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected].

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THEA to Procure Real Estate Advisors

April 1, 2022 (Tampa, Fla.) – On Monday, March 28, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Board of Directors voted to solicit expert real estate advice regarding THEA’s downtown key assets.

THEA controls several acres of land adjacent to Meridian Ave and the original Ardent Mills flour mill. With the exciting redevelopment coming due to the mill relocating, THEA is undertaking a study to determine the best use of its property assets within the downtown core.

THEA is currently working on re-establishing the roadway grid system in downtown Tampa, in partnership with the City of Tampa, as evidenced by its Whiting Street project (www.whitingstreetpde.com).  As a result of a previously held workshop on the matter, the vote of the Board determined that the next important step would be for THEA to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a real estate and/or development advisors to help THEA determine what’s the right fit for the area and the transportation network most beneficial to the community.

THEA hopes to release the RFP by early June.

March 2022
Selmon Expressway Ramp Closures

Tampa, Fla. (March 30, 2022) – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is conducting routine maintenance over the next month at all our toll gantry sites. Nighttime intermittent lane closures will occur throughout this effort and some work will require full ramp closures to our facilities.

Please note the following upcoming full ramp closures that will occur during the evening from 8:30 pm to 5 am. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and follow detour signs.

Wednesday, March 30:

  • Selmon Expressway - 50th Street On and 50th Street Off Ramps
  • Selmon Expressway – West Mainline Eastbound

Motorists are advised that this maintenance work is subject to change due to weather and traffic conditions. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) Additional Access Points Construction

Tampa, Fla. (March 25, 2022) – With construction underway on the REL ramps, westbound traffic will be detoured off at 50th Street the week of March 27, 2022. The detour will take motorists to SR 60 (Adamo Drive) and then back onto the Expressway at 22nd Street. The tolls at 22nd Street will be waived during this detour. The schedule for the detour is as follows:

  • Monday, March 28 – 7 pm to 5 am
  • Tuesday, March 29 – 7 pm to 5 am

On an ongoing basis, nighttime lane closures will occur throughout this project. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time. For more information, learn more about this project at https://www.tampa-xway.com/rel-slip-ramp-construction/, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.

Selmon Extension is Re-Opening

Tampa, Fla. (March 24, 2022) – The Selmon Extension will be open for the evening rush hour on Thursday, March 24, 2022.

As previously reported, the Expressway Authority closed the Extension after a routine inspection revealed two horizontal wires that had come loose from its anchors. THEA's team of engineers determined that the repair is a minor one and that it is safe for traffic to be on the structure. The Extension is designed to have maintenance and repairs done inside the roadway with live traffic overhead.

THEA plans to open the roadway after rush hour this morning to be ready for Thursday evening commuters. Crews will remove the barrels blockading the entrances and update the variable message boards to alert drivers that the Extension is open.

THEA would like to express its profound gratitude to the community for its patience. In an abundance of caution, we closed the Selmon Extension to conduct due diligence on what, thankfully, turned out to be a minor issue. We are committed to offering a safer, smarter, and more connected ride to our commuters on both sides of the Bay.

Sue Chrzan, Director of Communications, will be available for interviews at the boat launch parking lot next to the Extension on the west end of Gandy Boulevard from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, March 24, 2022.

Please check THEA's website for more information at www.tampa-xway.com.

Selmon Extension Closed

March 20, 2022 – Tampa, FL: The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) was completing a routine inspection of the inside of the Selmon Extension. During this inspection, engineers from the THEA team noted one horizontal strand that had come loose from its anchor. As engineers investigated further, they saw that another steel strand in the same location had become loose.

These wires can be maintained and replaced inside the structure with live traffic overhead. However, in an abundance of caution, and because of the unique nature of this structure, the decision has been made to close the Extension until more information is obtained and evaluated.

Barrels and variable message boards are being put in place and will alert drivers that the Extension is closed. Gandy Boulevard and the Selmon Expressway are open to traffic. Only the Extension is closed.

Again, because of the unique nature of the Extension's design, THEA is being extra cautious as we explore the issue and make recommendations for repairs.

Please continue to check THEA's website for more information at www.tampa-xway.com.

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Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) Additional Access Points Construction

Tampa, Fla. (March 18, 2022) – Construction is now underway on the REL ramps. Because of this, westbound traffic will be detoured off at 50th Street starting the week of March 20, 2022. The detour will take motorists to SR 60 (Adamo Drive) and then back onto the Expressway at 22nd Street. The tolls at 22nd Street will be waived during this detour. The schedule for the detour is as follows:

  • Sunday, March 20 – 7 pm to 5 am
  • Tuesday, March 22 – 7 pm to 5 am

On an ongoing basis, nighttime lane closures will occur throughout this project. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time. For more information, learn more about this project at https://www.tampa-xway.com/rel-slip-ramp-construction/, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.

Selmon Expressway Ramp Closures

Tampa, Fla. (March 17, 2022) – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is conducting routine maintenance over the next month at all our toll gantry sites. Nighttime intermittent lane closures will occur throughout this effort and some work will require full ramp closures to our facilities.

Please note the following upcoming full ramp closures that will occur during the evening from 8:30 pm to 5 am. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and follow detour signs.

Thursday, March 17:

  • Selmon Expressway - 22nd Street On and 22nd Street Off Ramps

Wednesday, March 30:

  • Selmon Expressway - 50th Street On and 50th Street Off Ramps

Motorists are advised that this maintenance work is subject to change due to weather and traffic conditions. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.

February 2022
Selmon Expressway Ramp Closures

Tampa, Fla. (February 21, 2022) – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is conducting routine maintenance over the next two months at all our toll gantry sites. Nighttime intermittent lane closures will occur throughout this effort and some work will require full ramp closures to our facilities.

Please note the following upcoming full ramp closures that will occur during the evening from 8:30 pm to 5 am. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and follow detour signs.

Tuesday, February 22:

  • Eastbound Selmon Expressway - Willow Avenue Entrance Ramp
  • Westbound Selmon Expressway - Willow Avenue Exit Ramp

Thursday, February 24:

  • Eastbound Selmon Expressway - Plant Avenue Entrance Ramp
  • Westbound Selmon Expressway - Plant Avenue Exit Ramp

Motorists are advised that this maintenance work is subject to change due to weather and traffic conditions. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.

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Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Generates $1.6 Billion In Local Economic Impact

February 15, 2022 (Tampa, Fla.) – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) commissioned the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation (CUTR) to provide insight into the Selmon Expressway’s economic impact through the Expressway’s network of properties. The network of properties studied included the Selmon Expressway, the Meridian Parkway, the Selmon Greenway, and the Brandon Parkway. Since its inception in 1975, the Authority’s capital infrastructure investments and operations have created 15,000 jobs in high-impact industry sectors and generated $1.6 billion in local and state gross domestic product.

“Authority operations provide a significant contribution toward area employment by supporting jobs in the most relevant industries of the region,” the report states.

According to the report, THEA’s wide-ranging economic activity in the region creates new jobs, facilitates the transport of goods, increases property values in areas surrounding their roadways, and saves drivers time and money.

The report boasts substantial positive impacts on urban mobility and business development, including $1.8 billion savings in travel time and out-of-pocket costs and $37 million in accident-cost savings.

As of 2019, approximately 13,300 businesses were operating within one mile of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, representing 23.1 percent of all establishments in Hillsborough County. Between 2010 and 2019, business activity along the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway demonstrated substantial growth relative to comparative areas with 12.6 percent greater development in new businesses and 2 percent higher employment growth.

Another comparative analysis showed that properties within one mile of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway had greater value than other areas in Hillsborough County. Single-family homes exhibit a 23 percent higher sale price while commercial properties average a 22 percent higher sale price. The increased property value translates to an additional tax revenue of about $48 million for Hillsborough County’s Property Tax roll.

“This report is an indication that people are willing to pay a premium for the amenity of being close to a major roadway. Maintaining a positive economic impact on the community is important to our agency, and this report highlights the fact that urban mobility positively affects travelers and that the community benefits from the result of a multitude of healthy transportation networks,” said Greg Slater, THEA CEO, and Executive Director.

Slater said that in addition to economic benefits, THEA’s Lee Roy Selmon Expressway has demonstrated positive environmental impacts. Using the Expressway reduces annual carbon dioxide emissions by 160 thousand metric tons and saves residents $26 million in fuel costs each year. Carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions are reduced with all-electronic tolling and less congested roadways.

Read the complete report at   https://www.tampa-xway.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/THEA_Economic_Contribution_Report_Final_2_10_22.pdf

Selmon Expressway Ramp Closures

Tampa, Fla. (February 14, 2022) – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is conducting routine maintenance over the next two months at all our toll gantry sites. Nighttime intermittent lane closures will occur throughout this effort and some work will require full ramp closures to our facilities.

Please note the following upcoming full ramp closures that will occur during the evening from 8:30 pm to 5 am. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and follow detour signs.

Tuesday, February 15:

  • Eastbound Selmon West Extension Mainline Entrance Ramp
  • Eastbound Selmon West Extension Mainline Exit Ramp to South Dale Mabry Highway

Thursday, February 17:

  • Westbound Selmon West Extension Mainline Entrance Ramp from South Dale Mabry Highway

Motorists are advised that this maintenance work is subject to change due to weather and traffic conditions. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.

January 2022
Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Additional Access Points Construction

Tampa, Fla. (January 31, 2022) – As construction is now underway with the East Selmon slip ramps, the following temporary traffic detours will occur:

  • Feb. 2-3, Feb. 7-8 and Feb. 10: Motorists who are traveling on southbound I-75 and wanting to access the westbound lanes of the Selmon Expressway will be detoured from 9 pm to 5 am to the next off-ramp exit on US-301

On an ongoing basis, nighttime lane closures will occur throughout this project and the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will continue to make updates for any major detours or ramp closures.

The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time. For more information, learn more about this project at https://www.tampa-xway.com/rel-slip-ramp-construction/, call 813.272.6740, or email [email protected]‐xway.com.

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Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Martin Luther King (MLK) Day Hours

Tampa, Fla. (January 12, 2022) – For the MLK holiday on January 17, 2022, the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) of the Selmon Expressway will turn eastbound at 10 am instead of its normal time of 1 pm. The REL traffic will be eastbound until 6 am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, when it resumes normal hours of operation.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Selects Greg Slater as its New Executive Director and CEO

Tampa, Fla. (January 10, 2022) – The Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority (THEA) has selected Mr. Greg Slater as its next Executive Director and CEO. Mr. Slater will begin work on February 1, 2022.

Mr. Slater has over two decades of public service, most recently serving as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). At MDOT State Highway Administration, Mr. Slater worked his way through the ranks, starting his career in Plats and Survey operations, advancing to leadership positions in the Engineering and Planning/Programming offices, and named Administrator in 2017. In 2019 he was appointed Secretary of MDOT, which oversees the state’s programs for roads, transit, aviation, and ports.

“Greg is known in Maryland as someone who believes that collaboration and partnerships are key in improving transportation options,” said THEA’s Board Chairman Vincent J. Cassidy. “His commitment to customers, his leadership and vision, and his drive to find creative solutions will help THEA prepare for the future. As our region looks for innovative transportation solutions to address the needs of our growing population, we will be fortunate to have a leader of Greg’s caliber, intellect, and experience on the team driving change.”

“I look forward to leading such an innovative agency, and to becoming integrated into the amazing Tampa Bay community. THEA is an organization known for its financial strength and community involvement and is known in international circles for its dedication to the ACES (Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared) technologies that will build a foundation for the next generation of transportation,” said Mr. Slater.

Mr. Slater replaces long-time Executive Director Joe Waggoner.  Mr. Waggoner came to THEA in August 2007.  He was tasked with making the agency financially independent and able to take on projects that would benefit the Tampa Bay region. Under Waggoner's leadership, THEA gained independence and is now producing a 10-year work program with just over a billion dollars’ worth of projects in the program.

"Joe's sound fiscal leadership strategies have helped the agency to become a top-ranked credit performer. During his tenure, THEA has risen 3-steps on national bond rating scales, delivered the award-winning Selmon West Extension, a project that had been envisioned for over 25 years, on time and on budget.  In 2010, he also converted the Selmon Expressway to All-Electronic Tolling, saving millions of dollars in operating costs," said Cassidy.

 

January 9, 2022 Schedule Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes

Tampa, Fla. (January 7, 2022) – On Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 4:30 am, the Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) will be closed from the downtown area to Brandon until approximately 12:00 pm. At that time, the REL will be opened in the eastbound direction – from the downtown area towards Brandon. On Monday, January 10, 2022, normal hours of operation will resume in the westbound direction – from Brandon to the downtown area.

Motorists are advised that the hours of operation on the Reversible Express Lanes are subject to change without notice.

For more information email [email protected]‐xway.com.

 

Media Contact
Sue Chrzan
Communications Director
813-272-6740 ext 130

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