The bright spotlight focused on the city of Tampa comes with its share of benefits and challenges. Officials are prepared to both celebrate the success of Tampa born businesses and accommodate the influx of traffic that goes hand-in-hand with new residents and an increase in visitors.
One of the ways South Tampa is prepping to expedite the travel process for workers in the area is the proposed Selmon Expressway Extension Project. The Selmon Extension is a 2-mile toll lane in the median of Gandy Boulevard that will offer a choice for regional travelers to either use Gandy Boulevard for local destinations or use the Selmon Extension for a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Dale Mabry Highway or the Gandy Bridge.
A mix of beauty and pragmatism fueled the final design
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority sought a design firm that could create something aesthetically pleasing with minimal construction impact on area residents, business owners and daily commuters.
Directors voted to approve awarding the Selmon West Extension Design-Build contract to the team of Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. and AECOM. The cost of the contract is just over $230 million and will be paid for out of toll revenues and bond proceeds.
Local residents, Gandy businesses, and commuters are important to us. In an effort to minimize construction impacts, we will work to ensure that the project is completed within THEA’s approved timeline.
Joe Waggoner, Executive Director, THEA
Construction to begin in early 2018
Factors such as design approach, construction approach, the number of days to complete the project, and lane and road closures, and price were all considered during the scoring process.
“The Kiewit and AECOM proposal depicted a signature bridge, one that will further promote the Tampa Bay area as an exciting place to live, work, and play,” said Vince Cassidy, Chairman of THEA’s Board of Directors.
Construction of the Selmon West Extension is expected to begin in early 2018, with an anticipated operational date in late 2020.