Business owners concerned over Selmon Extension Project

Posted at 6:16 AM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 11:18:16-04

There are big concerns from some Tampa business owners over the Selmon Extension project.The plan will add an elevated toll lane over Gandy Blvd.

The major concern for some businesses is traffic, or the lack of it during construction.

ABC Action News spoke with on business owner who believes he'll see a 30-percent drop in profits during construction.

Drivers on the other hand are happy to hear about improvements.

"I cross Gandy everyday. It's a main route for us. It's  terrible, it's  terrible. It's bumper to bumper," said driver Stevie Schafer.

Schafer, along with plenty of other drivers know the traffic pains of this area all too well.

"When you get done working all day, who wants to spend an hour and a half in traffic everyday. It's too much," Wendy Scott told ABC Action News.

Relief is on the way with the Selmon extension project. Elevated toll lanes will run for 1.6 miles. From the foot of the Gandy bridge, connecting to the Selmon expressway. Essentially connecting Brandon to U-S 19 non-stop.

But it isn't problem free. Area business owners fear less traffic during construction will hurt their bottom line.

“My concern is how long it will take them to do it, and the disruption I will have out here with customers trying to get in," said Mike Kwasin, owner of Fine Wine and Spirits.

The construction project is expected to take about 3 years to complete.