THEA ANNOUNCES “ESTUARY” AS THE WINNING SELMON EXTENSION PIER DESIGN
October 23, 2017
Contact: Robert Frey
813-272-6740, Ext. 203
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
Public overwhelming chose the ESTUARY design, garnering 74% of the vote
Tampa, Fla. – Today, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announced that the “ESTUARY” pier design option received the most votes in the “Vote for Your Favorite Pier Design” public opinion poll. The announcement was made during THEA’s monthly Board meeting.
Of the 1,805 votes, the “ESTUARY” design option, representing nature envisioned in the form of a river delta or canopy of cypress trees, received 74% of votes from the public opinion poll. The VIVID design option, representing movement and fluidity and is kinematic in form, received 26% of the vote.
“We received nearly two thousand votes from members of the community participating in the public opinion poll and the overwhelming choice was ESTUARY,” said THEA CEO Joe Waggoner. “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.”
The two pier design options: VIVID and ESTUARY 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 design option online or by toll-free telephone hotline. 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.
As the owner and operator of the Selmon Expressway, the Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority’s (THEA) mission is to provide safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation services to the Tampa Bay region while reinvesting customer-based revenues back into the community.
Our vision is to lead, partner, and implement safe, economically sound, and innovative multi-modal transportation solutions for our Tampa Bay Community.