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THEA studying ways to improve the Selmon Expressway for future population growth

Posted: 12:54 AM, Sep 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-17 01:44:13-04
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Selmon Expressway

TAMPA, Fla. —The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is trying to prepare for the Tampa Bay area’s growth by looking at ways to improve the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.

One capacity study is happening now. Another is on the way.

Sue Chrzan, THEA Director of Communications, says the South Selmon Capacity Study has been going on for several months. The focus area stretches from Gandy Boulevard to downtown Tampa.

South Selmon Capacity Study

Chrzan says THEA is looking at a number of possibilities to best deal with future growth in Tampa Bay, from widening lanes to changing the length of entrance ramps, and everything in between.

“We’re going around right now talking to homeowners associations, chambers and different places like that,” said Chrzan. “If you want us to come speak, let us know.”

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A second capacity study will look at the east side of the expressway from 22nd Street to I-75. The project is expected to examine the impacts of potentially widening the lower eastbound lanes from two to three and adding lanes elsewhere.

Both studies will last about 18 months to two years.

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