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.

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