TAMPA - The Anderson Road northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp at the Veterans Expressway are CLOSED until further notice for reconstruction of the Anderson ramp fly-over bridge. To access southbound Veterans Expressway, motorists will be directed to the Waters Avenue on-ramp. Traffic wanting to exit to Anderson Road will have to use the Waters or Linebaugh Avenue off-ramps. If you have questions about the new traffic pattern, contact me via Twitter @TampaBayTraffic.
The first of five projects to widen 11 miles of the Veterans Expressway in Hillsborough County commenced April 21. When all projects are completed, the $386 million in improvements will:
Phase I widening between Memorial and Gunn began April 21, with completion by 2016. Overnight inside lane closures are required while crews set a barrier wall and prepare for construction. Two lanes will remain open in each direction during daytime hours. On April 29, construction will begin between Linebaugh and Barry Road (south of Waters near the Channel G Canal). This section includes the Anderson mainline toll plaza. Later this year, the Anderson ramps will be closed for approximately six months while the flyover ramp bridges are reconstructed. By summer of 2014, the toll plaza will be demolished and all-electronic toll gantries will be in place. There currently is not a start date for the section of roadway between Barry Road and Memorial Highway.
Phase II widening between Gunn Highway and the Sugarwood Toll Plaza is expected to begin in fiscal year 2014.
Phase III widening between the Sugarwood Toll Plaza and Van Dyke Road is expected to begin in fiscal year 2015.
Conversion to all-electronic tolling will be completed between Memorial and Van Dyke will be implemented by late spring 2014. All-electronic tolling on the Suncoast Parkway could be in place by early 2015.
If you have a question about this project, contact Traffic Reporter Meredyth Censullo via @TampaBayTraffic.
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