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Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority announces winning pier design for Selmon Extension

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Posted at 6:11 AM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 06:11:22-04

Your voice, your vote. By an overwhelming majority, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announced the winning pier design, "ESTUARY."

Of the 1,805 votes, the "ESTUARY" design option represents nature envisioned in the form of a river delta or canopy of cypress trees. The designed received 74% of the vote from the public opinion poll. The other option, "VIVID", represented movement and fluidity received 26% of the vote.

“While both pier designs were outstanding options, THEA is confident the ESTUARY design will not only enhance the Selmon Extension project but will serve as a new landmark for the Tampa Bay region," said THEA CEO Joe Waggoner.

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The two pier design options were first unveiled during THEA’s October 9th Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Postcards were also sent to the zip codes around Gandy Boulevard. The public was asked to vote on their favorite.

Construction of the Selmon Extension has begun, with an anticipated operational date in late 2020. The Selmon Extension is a 1.9-mile toll lane in the median of Gandy Boulevard that will offer a choice for regional travelers: use Gandy Boulevard for local destinations or use the Selmon Extension for a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Dale Mabry Highway or the Gandy Bridge.