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Tampa leaders on the lookout for public suggestions on Selmon Expressway growth examine

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority held a public listening to Thursday night on the challenge growth and setting examine it is conducting on probably including extra lanes to the Selmon Expressway from the I-4 Hall to U.S. 301.

What You Want To Know

  • A public listening to was held Thursday on the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority’s examine on including lanes to a part of the Selmon Expressway
  • THEA says the challenge would lower site visitors congestion and make the highway safer
  • One resident cited noise from extra site visitors as a potential concern
  • Feedback will be submitted till April 29

“In the event you take a look at form of the place we’re at the moment in site visitors, we’re definitely seeing super progress on this area. We’re all seeing it, and we’re all feeling it. That progress may be very totally different than what we had projected pre-pandemic,” stated THEA CEO/Government Director Gregory Slater. “The COVID pandemic was the nice disrupter — began to see much more progress and better quantities of progress coming extra aggressively. So, in case you take a look at a few of our tasks and among the progress that we’re seeing, we’re about 19% over the place we have been projecting pre-pandemic.”

Based on THEA, greater than 100,000 automobiles used the realm of the expressway that will be impacted by the challenge on daily basis in 2022. That quantity was anticipated to leap to 167,000 by 2046, and the areas of Tampa Bay that contribute to expressway site visitors are anticipated to develop by 85% throughout that point. Slater stated THEA is attempting to get forward of that with the challenge. 

“What we now have on the desk at the moment is our capability so as to add one other lane in every route on the expressway. Then, whenever you get down in the direction of 78th Avenue, the flexibility so as to add one other lane within the center, the place our reversible specific lane feeds in,” Slater stated. “It’s actually about simply including some extra capability, making the roadway slightly bit extra environment friendly, slightly bit extra protected.”

Info from THEA exhibits the challenge is anticipated to enhance capability, including 28,000 every day journeys and decreasing journey time. Chopping again congestion can also be projected to scale back crashes within the space by 25%.

Natali Vazquez was the one resident who spoke on the public listening to. She stated she owns an funding property within the Palmetto Seashore neighborhood, which is correct behind the expressway. Her concern is noise, and never simply from development.

“I lived within the residence for just a few years, and the impacts of noise all night time due to the freeway are fairly nice. So, having extra site visitors in that space is regarding,” Vazquez stated.

Slater stated public enter goes to play an vital function in serving to to determine on particulars of the challenge if it strikes ahead.

“How can we take the suggestions that we now have, weave that again into the options that we convey?” Slater stated. “As a result of the suggestions that we’re getting just isn’t solely from the those that reside across the nook, however the folks which are touring on it on daily basis.”

“I completely see the necessity for the growth, and we now have so many individuals coming to Tampa,” stated Vazquez. “And in order that was my concern in, you already know, ensuring we’re maintaining in step with the expansion of Tampa, but additionally respecting current communities.”

In the event you would nonetheless like to offer suggestions, feedback will be submitted till April 29 on-line at EastSelmonPDE.com or by mailing them to:

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

c/o Keisha Pickett Boyd

1104 East Twiggs Avenue, Suite 300

Tampa, FL 33602

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