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April 2021
THEA Donates $2 Million to the City of Tampa to Rebuild Waterfront Parks Along Gandy Corridor

April 23, 2021 (Tampa, Fla.)  – On Monday, April 19, 2021, during the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Selmon West Extension, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) presented a check to Tampa Mayor Jane Castor for $2 million that will go towards the rebuilding of two waterfront parks on the north and south side of Gandy Boulevard near the Gandy Bridge.

Both waterfront parks were closed during the construction of the Selmon West Extension and used as a staging area for the construction crews working on the project. The construction team will restore the parks to the original condition, so the $2 million gift to the City of Tampa will allow for the enhancement and reimagining of both waterfront parks without spending taxpayer dollars. The donation is yet another example of THEA’s commitment to improve the quality of life for the Tampa Bay community – particularly those who live and work along the Gandy Corridor.

“I want to thank the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority and in particular THEA’s CEO Joe Waggoner and the rest of my fellow THEA Board Members for this generous gift,” said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. “We will be able to turn two construction staging areas into waterfront parks without using any taxpayer dollars– giving future generations of Tampa residents the opportunity to enjoy the beauty that is Tampa Bay.”

“It is my honor, on behalf of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, to present this $2 million donation to the City of Tampa,” said THEA CEO Joe Waggoner. “THEA’s mission is to not only provide innovative, safe, and reliable transportation solutions to the Tampa Bay Area, but also to be a partner in enhancing the quality of life for all who call our community home. We are thrilled to assist the City in bringing these two waterfront parks back to life, and we look forward to enjoying the parks once completed.”

Please click here to access the photo album of the Selmon Extension Grand Opening.

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ABOUT THEA:
The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is a public agency of the state, created by the Florida Legislature, to provide local, user-financed transportation services that reinvest customer-based revenues back into the Tampa Bay community. THEA owns and operates the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Brandon Parkway, Meridian Avenue, and the Selmon Greenway; designed and operates the world’s first reversible all-electronic toll road; and provides over 200,000 daily travelers with safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation solutions.  For more information on how THEA is moving transportation forward, visit www.tampa-xway.com.Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TampaHillsboroughExpresswayAuthority/
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/THEASelmon
Web: https://www.tampa-xway.com/

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Announces Opening Date of the Selmon West Extension
The Roadway Will Be Open to the Public on Monday, April 19, 2021

April 8, 2021 (Tampa, Fla.)  – Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announces its plan to open the Selmon West Extension. This elevated 1.9-mile toll lane will provide a seamless connection and a safe transportation option for drivers traveling from Brandon to Pinellas County.

Construction of the $230 million project began in December 2017 and will be open to the public in the afternoon of April 19, 2021.

“This project has been 25 years in the making, and I am thrilled it’s finally ready to open. THEA challenged our design-build team to come up with an innovative and aesthetically pleasing design that would minimize the negative effects of construction on the businesses along the Gandy corridor,” said THEA Executive Director, Joe Waggoner.

In 2006, THEA completed the Selmon Expressway’s Reversible Express Lanes (REL) with all-electronic tolling. The REL was the world's first reversible, all-electronic, elevated express lane project. When the Selmon West Extension opens this month, it will utilize an innovative design. The bridge’s distinctive fins provide a useful purpose by supporting the bridge deck, enabling longer span lengths between pier columns, and reducing height cross-section for the precast segments.

While most bridges stand 15’ off the ground, business owners along Gandy Boulevard were concerned that their businesses’ sightline would be blocked by a bridge that stood only at 15’ tall. THEA listened to their concerns and built the Selmon Extension 30’ from the ground to the bottom of the bridge.

THEA also talked to and surveyed the businesses along Gandy Boulevard and discovered other concerns. Business owners were worried that construction would close lanes and driveways, which would negatively impact their business. THEA imposed strict traffic management requirements to assure the contractor did not close driveways or lanes during rush hours. In partnership with local Chambers of Commerce, the agency also launched the “SHOP GANDY!” marketing campaign to support businesses before, during, and after construction.

The Selmon West Extension offers drivers a choice, either stay on Gandy Boulevard for local destinations, or use the Selmon West Extension for regional “pass-through” trips. The cost to use the Extension is $0.95 with SunPass, or $1.31 with Toll-By-Plate billing.

“The Selmon Extension provides a critical link that connects businesses, freight, and people from Pinellas County to Hillsborough County. It will help stimulate social and economic prosperity for local businesses and the entire region. We are proud of the design and the execution and the fact we were able to keep people employed and keep construction moving forward during the pandemic,” says Vincent Cassidy, Chairman, THEA Board of Directors.

By keeping construction going during the pandemic, THEA preserved more than 300 local area jobs.

A ribbon-cutting event will be held on April 19th. Due to COVID 19 concerns, attendance will be by invitation only. At that time THEA will also present the City of Tampa a $2 million check to rebuild the parks on the north and south side of Gandy Boulevard, which were used as staging areas during construction.

Toll revenues and bonds fully fund the Selmon West Extension without using any taxpayer dollars.

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About THEA:

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is a public agency of the state, created by the Florida Legislature to provide local, user-financed transportation services that reinvest customer-based revenues back into the Tampa Bay community. THEA owns and operates the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Brandon Parkway, Meridian Avenue, and the Selmon Greenway; designed and operates the world’s first reversible all-electronic toll road; and provides over 200,000 daily trips with safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation service.  For more information on how THEA is moving transportation forward, visit www.tampa-xway.com.

Lane Closures on the Selmon Expressway 4/6-4/15

Tampa, April 6, 2021 – Work times are from 7:00 pm through 6:30 am the following morning except where indicated.

4/6-4/8: 7:00 pm – 6:30 am – Striping will be conducted along the Expressway; this will be a mobile operation using a crash truck behind the striping truck. No lane or ramp closures will be needed for this operation. 

4/13: 8:00 pm – 5:00 am – *Detour at the east end of Eastbound mainline at ramps to I-75 Northbound and Southbound to mill and resurface pavement. 

*Detour will start at 8:00 pm - 5:00 am the next morning (4/14). Traffic will exit at the Eastbound Falkenburg Road exit ramp and be directed north to SR 60 to I-75 Northbound and Southbound.

4/14-4/15: 7:00pm – 6:30am – Eastbound Falkenburg exit ramp. Lane closure for milling and paving operations. 

We regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

Motorists are cautioned to drive carefully through the construction area.

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

Lane Closures on the Selmon Expressway 4/5

Tampa, April 5, 2021 - Work times are from 7:00 pm through 6:30 am the following morning except where indicated.

4/5: 8:00 pm - 5:00 am - Eastbound Mainline and Westbound Mainline at Plant Ave - Short duration lane closures to install rumble strips. This operation is expected to take approximately 3 hours.

Lane Closures on the Selmon Expressway 4/5-4/10

Tampa, April 1, 2021 – Work times are from 7:00 pm through 6:30 am the following morning except where indicated (i.e., 3/19 through 3/25).

4/5: 8:00 pm – 5:00 am – Eastbound Mainline and Westbound Mainline at Plant Ave Short duration lane closures to install rumble strips. This operation is expected to take approximately 4 hours.

4/7 and 4/8: 7:00 pm – 6:30 am – Eastbound Falkenburg Exit Ramp. Lane closures for milling and paving.

4/9: 8:00 pm – 5:00 am – East end of Eastbound Mainline at ramps to I-75 Northbound and Southbound to mill and resurface. Detour will start at 8:00 pm through 5:00 am the next morning (4/10). Traffic will exit at EB Falkenburg Rd exit ramp and be directed north to SR60 to I-75 NB and SB.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

Motorists are cautioned to drive carefully through the construction area.

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

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March 2021
Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Schedule

Tampa, March 30, 2021 – On April 2, 2021, 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 stay in this figuration until 6:00 AM Monday, April 5, 2021, when normal hours of operation will resume.

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]‐xway.com.

Road Closures on the Selmon Expressway 3/19 - 3/25

 

3/19 - 3/21: 8:00 pm Fri to 5:00 am Mon – EB Mainline and Gantry Area at Plant Ave and EB Entrance Ramp from Plant Ave (detour of mainline and ramp; traffic will be directed to on-ramp at Nebraska Ave).

3/20: 7:00 pm Sat to 6:30 am Sun – WB Exit Ramp to Plant Ave (detour; traffic will be directed to WB Exit Ramp at Willow Ave).

3/25: 12:00 midnight Thur – 4:00 am Fri – Outside lane closures at EB and WB Mainline at Plant Ave for rumble strips.

Road Closures on the Selmon Expressway 3/5-3/11

March 5, 2021 (Tampa, Fla.) – Work times are from 7:00 pm through 6:30 am the following morning except where indicated (i.e., 3/10 through 3/11).

3/5-3/8 – NO WORK 

3/10: 7:00 pm – 6:30 am – Lane closure at Eastbound Falkenburg Road Exit for traffic signal loop replacement.

3/11: 7:00 pm – 6:30 am – Ramp closure at Westbound Bay to Bay Blvd Exit Ramp for wrong way signal loop replacement.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

Motorists are cautioned to drive carefully through the construction area.

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

Clarification of Proposed SB1660/HB 1283

Proposed Change Tampa Hillsborough Expressway to West Florida Expressway Authority

March 1, 2021 (Tampa, Fla.) – In 2014, the state of Florida passed legislation giving the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) the ability to offer services in counties contiguous to Hillsborough County, including Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk Counties.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Senator Danny Burgess and Florida House Member Mike Beltran submitted SB 1660/HB 1283, which would rename THEA as the West Florida Expressway Authority and expand the Authority’s ability to offer services beyond counties contiguous to Hillsborough County to include Citrus and Hernando Counties.

Under this legislation, the ability for the Authority to offer transportation services in expansion counties beyond Hillsborough County remains permission-based, meaning the Authority must first receive the permission of the expansion County Board of County Commissioners and the current Board Authority before expansion can occur.

If permission is granted for the Authority to offer services in an expansion County, and the Authority board approves, the Authority Board will expand to include representation from a Board of County Commission member from the expansion County.  The Authority Board, currently seven (7) members, could expand to a maximum of thirteen (13) members.

“THEA has a successful history implementing innovative transportation solutions in Hillsborough County.  Our legislators recognize our capabilities to serve as a collaborative partner with neighboring counties. Under this legislation, the West Florida Expressway Authority could help the counties located on the central west coast of Florida offer additional transportation services.  With regionality at the forefront, we can help the other rapidly growing counties build roads, bridges, managed lanes, and other transit supporting facilities such as Transit Flex Lanes. With these legislative changes, the West Florida Expressway Authority has the ability to impact and shape local and regional mobility like never before,” said Joe Waggoner, Executive Director, and CEO, THEA.

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ABOUT THEA:
The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is a public agency of the state, created by the Florida Legislature, to provide local, user-financed transportation services that reinvest customer-based revenues back into the Tampa Bay community. THEA owns and operates the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Brandon Parkway, Meridian Avenue, and the Selmon Greenway; designed and operates the world’s first reversible all-electronic toll road; and provides over 100,000 daily travelers with safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation solutions.  For more information on how THEA is moving transportation forward, visit www.tampa-xway.com.
Road Closures on the Selmon Expressway 3/1-3/9

March 1, 2021 (Tampa, Fla.) – Work times are from 7:00 pm through 6:30 am the following morning except where indicated (i.e., 3/5 through 3/7).

3/1 – NO WORK

3/2 – 3/3: 7:00 pm – 6:30 am - Ramp closures at Eastbound Willow Ave Exit Ramp, Westbound Plant Ave Exit Ramp for traffic signal loop replacement, and Westbound Bay to Bay Blvd Exit Ramp for Wrong Way Signal loop replacement.

3/5 – 3/7: 8:00 pm (Fri) – 5:00 am (Mon) – Eastbound Mainline closed at Willow Ave for paving mainline lanes and toll gantry area and Eastbound Entrance Ramp from Plant Ave. Traffic will be detoured at Eastbound Willow Ave Exit Ramp and directed to Eastbound Nebraska Ave Entrance Ramp to return to the Expressway.

3/8: 7:00 pm – 6:30 am - Lane closures on Eastbound Mainline at the entrance to I-75 Northbound and Southbound Ramps; lane closures on Eastbound Falkenburg Rd Exit Ramp.

3/8 – 3/9: 7:00 pm – 6:30 am – Ramp closure at Westbound Bay to Bay Blvd Exit Ramp and lane closures at Eastbound. Falkenburg Rd Exit Ramp for traffic signal loop replacement.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

Motorists are cautioned to drive carefully through the construction area.

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

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February 2021
Closures on the Selmon Expressway 2/19/2021

 

Tampa, February 19, 2021 – The Westbound entrance ramp from 22nd St will be closed on Friday (2/19) and Saturday (2/20) nights starting at 7:00pm.

The Eastbound entrance ramp from Willow Ave will be closed on Saturday (2/20) and Sunday (2/21) nights starting at 7:00pm.

The closures on the Selmon Expressway will conclude no later than 5:00am on Monday (2/22) morning.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers. The staff and crews of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

Motorists are cautioned to drive carefully through the construction area.

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

THEA to Hold Public Hearing for the South Selmon Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study

February 16, 2021 (Tampa, Fla.) – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) invites the public to attend a Public Hearing for the South Selmon Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study. The purpose of the study is to evaluate how to add additional capacity within the existing Selmon Expressway right-of-way. The study area is from Himes Avenue to the overpass at Whiting Street, approximately 4.5 miles.

The Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021, to present the Preferred Alternative. The hearing will allow attendees to have one-on-one discussions with study team members at information stations and view a pre-recorded presentation.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the meeting at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602. Masks will be required and COVID-safety protocols will be followed. There will be an open house from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, where attendees may review project displays and documents, speak with project team members, and make public comments. The presentation will start at 6:00 pm. Following the presentation, the open house will resume and continue until 7:00 pm.

Tampa Convention Center

333 S. Franklin St

Tampa, FL 33602

Rooms 24-25

 

February 25, 2021

Open House: 5:00 pm

Presentation: 6:00 pm

Open House & Comments until 7:00 pm

A court reporter will be available to receive comments in a one-on-one setting. You may also submit written comments at the hearing.

Send written comments to Sue Chrzan at THEA, 1104 E Twiggs St, Tampa, FL 33602, or emailed to [email protected].  Mailed comments must be postmarked by March 8, 2021, and email comments must be received by March 8, 2021, to become part of the public hearing record.

Draft project documents and plans will be available for public review from February 4 to March 8, 2021, at the THEA Office Lobby, 1104 E Twiggs Street, Tampa, FL 33602, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  All presentation and display materials from the hearing, including documents, plans, and an animation video of the Preferred Alternative, are also available at SouthSelmonPDE.com.  You may also request additional information by contacting Sue Chrzan (813) 272-6740 ext. 130 or email [email protected]

Persons who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Steve Schnell by phone at (904) 598-8964 or via email at [email protected] at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us using the Florida Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1, 1-800-955-8771 (TYY) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice). Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to THEA’s compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Amy Lettelleir, THEA's General Counsel, by email [email protected].

The in-person public hearing option is being provided following federal regulations and state statute 23 CFR §771.111 and Section 339.155, F.S. THEA will be posting the same pre-recorded presentation video, project displays, documents, and an animation video of the Preferred Alternative on the study website (southselmonpde.com) on February 18, 2021.

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ABOUT THEA:

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is a public agency of the state, created by the Florida Legislature to provide local, user-financed transportation services that reinvest toll revenue back into the Tampa Bay community. THEA owns and operates the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Brandon Parkway, Meridian Avenue, and the Selmon Greenway; designed and operates the world’s first reversible all-electronic toll road; and provides over 100,000 daily travelers with safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation solutions.  For more information on how THEA is moving transportation forward, visit www.tampa-xway.com.

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TampaHillsboroughExpresswayAuthority/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/THEASelmon

Web: https://www.tampa-xway.com/

January 2021
Martin Luther King Day 2021 Hours on the Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes

Tampa, Fla. (January 11, 2021)  – For the MLK holiday, on January 18, 2021, 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. On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the facility will return to normal hours of operation.

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]‐xway.com.

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813-272-6740 ext 130

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