REL Slip Ramp Construction

Reversible Express Lanes Additional Access Points

During the research phase of the East Selmon PD&E, THEA found that two new slip ramps would be an opportunity to improve near-term service levels for drivers on the Selmon Expressway. Slips ramps are additional access points/internal ramps within the Expressway; they are the on-ramps and off-ramps from the Selmon Expressway to the Reversible Express Lanes (REL). Construction of the East Selmon slip ramps will allow westbound drivers to enter the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) near I-75, and then exit the REL near IKEA and continue on the local lanes of the Selmon Expressway to destinations further west. This will reduce morning congestion on the westbound Selmon Expressway near I-75, avoid congestion near the I-4 Connector, and reduce backup at the Twiggs Street and REL intersection.

Full construction began in January 2022 and this project is expected to finish in the fall of 2023. Construction for the on-ramp near I-75 and the off-ramp just past the I-4 connector interchange near IKEA has begun. Daytime construction activities as well as other nighttime lane closures are underway. The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will continue to make updates for any major detours or ramp closures. Thank you for your patience during this time. View the latest construction progress here.

Download the info sheet on the East Selmon Slip Ramp Project here.

October 2022 Updates

Main construction activities for the month of October include barrier wall next steps and drainage work for the ramp near IKEA/I-4 Connector and 34th Street Bridge demolition and superstructure installation activities. CSX Bridge and Falkenburg Bridge activities include substructure work and column and wall strengthening. Daytime construction activities and lane closures as well as other nighttime lane closures continue.

September 2022

Main construction activities for the month of September include barrier wall next steps, bridge substructure work and beam placement. Daytime construction activities and lane closures as well as other nighttime lane closures continue.

August 2022

Main construction activities for the month of August include barrier wall installation next steps, drainage and bridge substructure work.

July 2022

Main construction activities for the month of July include barrier wall installation next steps, drainage, bridge substructure work, and finalization of pile driving near the CSX Bridge. During this phase of construction, nearby businesses and residences within 2,000 feet of the Expressway might experience more outdoor noise or dust.

June 2022

Daytime construction activities as well as other nighttime lane closures are underway. Demolition, pile driving, adding capacity to the bridges/roadway, and drainage activities are taking place. During this initial phase of construction, nearby businesses and residences within 2,000 feet of the Expressway might experience more outdoor noise or dust.

With construction of these REL ramps, westbound traffic was detoured off at 50th Street at night at the end of June. The detour took motorists to SR 60 (Adamo Drive) and then back onto the Expressway at 22nd Street. The tolls at 22nd Street were waived during this detour.

May 2022

Daytime construction activities as well as other nighttime lane closures are underway. Demolition, pile driving, adding capacity to the bridges/roadway, and drainage activities are beginning.

April 2022

Some daytime construction activities have begun, as well as some nighttime lane closures. Pile driving and demolition activities are taking place the week of April 25. While it can be noisy, this work will help with pier install activities and the bridge foundation in the Ramp 2 / North 34th Street Bridge area closest to IKEA/the I-4 Connector. Lighting, drainage, and installation of piers are the main activities for the month of April.

March 2022

With construction of these REL ramps, westbound traffic was detoured off at 50th Street at night throughout the month of March. The detour took motorists to SR 60 (Adamo Drive) and then back onto the Expressway at 22nd Street. The tolls at 22nd Street were waived during this detour.

February 2022

With construction of these REL ramps, in early February motorists who traveled on southbound I-75 and accessed the westbound lanes of the Selmon Expressway were detoured at night to the next off-ramp exit on US-301.

January 2022

Full construction began and motorist signage and initial construction activities commenced in mid-January.

Renderings

Locations of the new slip ramps - one is a new westbound entry ramp accessible to traffic from northbound I-75 and the other is a new westbound exit ramp near the I-4 connector.