The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority has temporarily closed the Selmon Expressway Extension. During a routine inspection engineers noticed that two horizontal strand had come loose from their respective anchors.
Drivers will not be allowed on the extension until THEA can make the necessary repairs. A timeline for its reopening is still TBD.
The 1.9 mile toll road that helps drivers connect easier from Hillsborough to Pinellas counties will be marked closed with message boards and barrels to help alert drivers of the closure. Gandy Boulevard will remain open to drivers, as well as the Selmon Expressway.
What’s the purpose of the extension? The Selmon Extension reduces intersection traffic signal wait times (at Westshore Boulevard, Manhattan Boulevard, Lois Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway) which equals reduced congestion and delays for local residents and shoppers.
It first opened to the public on April 19, 2021. The extension allows a choice for local residents and regional travelers: use Gandy Boulevard for local destinations or use the Selmon Extension for a direct connection to the Selmon Expressway or the Gandy Bridge.
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