Media Alert: Selmon Extension Crews to Temporarily Close Expressway Ramp for Paving

Media Alert
April 23, 2021

Contact Information:
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
[email protected] 
813-613-2306

SELMON EXTENSION CREWS TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE EXPRESSWAY RAMP FOR PAVING

Beginning on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 9 pm, Selmon Extension construction crews will temporarily close the Selmon Expressway on-ramp from eastbound Gandy Boulevard for paving. Drivers will need to use the on-ramp along Dale Mabry Highway (northbound) behind Target. The ramp will reopen open early Monday morning. Please remember to obey the posted speed limit while traveling through this area.

The Selmon Extension is open! The Extension completes a critical link that connects businesses, freight, and people traveling between Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Local drivers can choose to shop along Gandy Boulevard or take the upper deck for only .95 cents (each way with SunPass). We are excited to provide a safer, more connected route to our region’s transportation network.

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

Contact: Sally Dee

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Cell: (813) 789-7122

For Immediate Release

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.

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.

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.

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Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Announces Opening Date of the Selmon West Extension

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 late 2018 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.

Media Alert – Selmon Extension Construction Alerts Week of March 6 – 12, 2021

Media Alert
March 5, 2021

Contact Information:
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
[email protected]
813-613-2306

 SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF MARCH 6-12, 2021

  • Crosswalk closure still in effect (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • A yield sign remains in place at the bottom off-ramp onto westbound Gandy Boulevard from the Expressway.
  • Sidewalk closure remains in place on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue.

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Media Alert – Selmon Extension Construction Alerts Week of February 27 – March 5, 2021

Media Alert
February 26, 2021

Contact Information:
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
[email protected]
813-613-2306

 SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 27 – MARCH 5, 2021

  • Crosswalk closure still in effect (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • A yield sign remains in place at the bottom off-ramp onto westbound Gandy Boulevard from the Expressway.
  • Sidewalk closure remains in place on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue.

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Media Alert – Selmon Extension Construction Alerts Week of February 19 – 26, 2021

Media Alert
February 19, 2021

Contact Information:
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
[email protected]
813-613-2306

 SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 20 – 26, 2021

  • On Monday, February 22, 2021, crews will temporarily close the Selmon Expressway off-ramp to westbound Gandy Boulevard between 8 pm – 6 am for guardrail installation. Drivers will need to use the eastbound ramp to the interchange as an alternate route.
  • Intermittent lane closures in effect north of Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection between 8 pm – 6 am.
  • Crosswalk closure still in effect (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • A yield sign remains in place at the bottom off-ramp onto westbound Gandy Boulevard from the Expressway.
  • Sidewalk closure remains in place on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue.

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Media Alert – Selmon Extension Construction Alerts Week of February 13-19, 2021

Media Alert
February 12, 2021

Contact Information:
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
[email protected]
813-613-2306

 SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 13 – 19, 2021

  • Intermittent lane closures in effect north of Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection through mid-February between 8 pm – 6 am.
  • Crosswalk closure still in effect (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • A yield sign remains in place at the bottom off-ramp onto westbound Gandy Boulevard from the Expressway.
  • Sidewalk closure remains in place on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue.

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BLOG – Promises Made, Promises Kept

         

Can you spot the difference in these photos? The photo on the left is actually a rendering of what we told you the project would look like when it’s completed.  The right photo was taken last week of the actual project. Pretty close, huh!  The only difference is that we used a darker shade of blue on the Estuary design.

As the project moves toward the final configuration, the primary contractor continues monitoring all aspects of completion, making sure the bridge is built per the design specification and that Gandy Boulevard gets repaved and restriped before the new roadway opens.

     

Media Alert: Reminder: Selmon Extension Temporarily Suspends Lane Closures During Super Bowl Weekend

Media Alert
February 5, 2021

Contact Information:
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
[email protected]
813-613-2306

 REMINDER: SELMON EXTENSION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS LANE CLOSURES DURING SUPER BOWL WEEKEND

As of Friday, February 5, 2021, all lanes on Gandy Boulevard, Dale Mabry Highway, and the Selmon Expressway are temporarily suspended due to Super Bowl 55. Lane closures on both sides of Westshore Boulevard will remain active. All lane closures will resume on Monday, February 8, 2021. We want to remind motorists that the posted construction speed limit is 45 miles per hour. PLEASE REMEMBER DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

 OTHER EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 6-12, 2021

  • Intermittent lane closures in effect north of Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection through mid-February between 8 pm – 6 am.
  • Crosswalk closure still in effect (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • A yield sign remains in place at the bottom off-ramp onto westbound Gandy Boulevard from the Expressway.
  • Sidewalk closure remains in place on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue.

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Media Alert – Selmon Extension Temporarily Suspends Lane Closures During Super Bowl Week


Media Alert
January 29, 2021 

Contact Information:
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
[email protected]
813-613-2306

 SELMON EXTENSION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS LANE CLOSURES DURING SUPER BOWL WEEK

Beginning on Friday, January 29, 2021, Selmon Extension construction crews will temporarily suspend lane closures on Gandy Boulevard, Dale Mabry Highway, and the Selmon Expressway during Super Bowl 55 festivities. Lane closures on both sides of Westshore Boulevard will remain active. All lane closures will resume on Monday, February 8, 2021. We want to remind motorists that the posted construction speed limit is 45 miles per hour. PLEASE REMEMBER DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

 OTHER EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 7, 2021

  • Intermittent lane closures in effect north of Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection through mid-February between 8 pm – 6 am.
  • Crosswalk closure still in effect (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • A yield sign remains in place at the bottom off-ramp onto westbound Gandy Boulevard from the Expressway.
  • Sidewalk closure remains in place on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue.

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