TAMPA - The Wilsky Boulevard ramps to and from the Veterans Expressway will be closed the week of July 7, according to the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Turnpike Enterprise.
The southbound Veterans Expressway off-ramp at Wilsky Boulevard will be closed continuously from 7 A.M. July 8 until 7 P.M. July 10 for installation of foundations for a new toll gantry. Detour: Continue southbound on the Veterans Expressway and exit to westbound Waters Avenue, then take Hanley Road northbound to Wilsky.
The northbound Veterans on-ramp at Wilsky Boulevard will be closed continuously from 7 A.M. July 11 to 7 P.M. July 13 for toll gantry installation. Detour: Use the Veterans Expressway ramps at Waters Avenue or Gunn Highway.
The Linebaugh Avenue on- and off-ramps will not be affected and will remain open to traffic, although there are single lane closures in place near the ramps.
Additionally, Henderson Road in the vicinity of the Veterans Expressway overpass will be closed to through traffic continuously July 8-12 between Waters Avenue and Linebaugh Avenue. Motorists may access Henderson Road via the Anderson Road to Waters Avenue detour route. The contractor will be driving piles to widen the Henderson Road overpass.
This construction is part of a $386 million improvement project that widens 11 miles of the Veterans Expressway (Toll 589) in Hillsborough County, providing much needed congestion relief to this regionally significant corridor.
The current widening project also includes a concurrent project to convert the section of highway from Memorial Highway to Van Dyke Road to all-electronic tolling (AET) providing non-stop travel to the nearly 150,000 customers who travel the Veterans Expressway every day.
By mid 2014, the Veterans Expressway will eliminate cash toll collection in favor of all-electronic tolling, although roadway construction will continue. After conversion, motorists who choose the Veterans Expressway must have a SunPass prepaid toll account or they will be mailed a bill and charged a monthly invoice fee. Seventy-five percent of the 150,000 motorists who travel Toll 589 every day already use SunPass to pay tolls and enjoy a lower toll rate than cash customers.