The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority‘s (THEA) Selmon Extension is a 1.6-mile two lane tollway, located in the median of Gandy Boulevard. This enhancement will give local residents and regional travelers a choice of using Gandy Boulevard for local destinations or using the Selmon Extension for a direct connection (Eastbound) to the Selmon Expressway or Dale Mabry (Westbound) to the Gandy Bridge. The facility will be designed to maintain current access and visibility to businesses. The toll lane is anticipated to be 30 ft. high, double the height of typical urban bridges, in order to keep sight lines to businesses and roadways on both sides of Gandy Boulevard. The Extension is also anticipated to increase capacity through the corridor by at least 35%.
The Gandy Bridge and corridor is one of only three evacuation routes out of Pinellas County, where many Hillsborough workers live and recreate. This area was identified as a vulnerable facility in the MPO’s 2014 Surface Transportation Vulnerability Assessment Pilot Project. The MPO has recently followed up on the Pilot with a study of adaptation strategies to make the western extension (Gandy Blvd area) of the Selmon Connector more resilient to flooding. These strategies will be considered for the Extension Project.
THEA is actively reaching out to all the businesses and asking them to please take a few minutes to complete a survey, so they can better understand the businesses’ needs during the planning phases of the project. The more information they have about each businesses’ peak hours and delivery times, etc., the less impact to those businesses during construction. On June 9, 2016, THEA sent a postcard to all of the Gandy business and property owners and a second reminder about the survey was mailed on Monday, June 20th.