Virtual Town Hall Meeting #3

Virtual Town Hall Meeting # 3

On October 9th at 6:30 pm, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority hosted a Virtual Town Hall Meeting and presented two design options for the Selmon Extension. THEA is asking the public to provide input on which design they like better. Voting will be open until October 20, 2017, until 11:59 pm. Visit selmonextension.com/vote-now to cast your vote.

Questions and Answers

Question

Traffic is already horrible in the afternoon on Gandy bridge eastbound. What will be the impact during construction of the traffic flow?

Answer

Thank you for your question. All lanes of Gandy Boulevard will remain open during peak hours. When the inside lanes of Gandy Boulevard must be closed, they will mostly be done so during nighttime hours.


Question

When Joe started talking, I didn’t hear him until he started asking about Adobe. The Q and A box comes up nicely

Answer

Sounds good here. How does it sound now?


Question

If this is going to be 60′ wide and gandy is only 57′ wide how come the images of this are so small?

Answer

Thank you for your question. The right of way width for Gandy Boulevard is 100 feet.


Question

How come the drawings you list online show the median at 34′ when in median including turn lanes is only 15′ wide?

Answer

The proposed median width is going to be 34′ wide in those without turn lanes unless there are turn lanes.


Question

Gandy is only 57′ wide. the overhead pictured should cover the sidewalks on both sides

Answer

Sidewalks are not covered the viaduct structure extends 1 to 2 feet beyond the inside lane line.


Question

Even your video does not accurately show the width of this. isn’t THEA required under the sunshine law to not mislead the public?

Answer

THEA is not misleading the public.


Question

Plans for keeping businesses accessable?

Answer

We will not close any driveways of businesses during construction without providing an alternative access to the businesses. This will only be required along Westshore Blvd. associated with a City of Tampa widening project that will be built as part of THEA’s project, and along the south side of Gandy Blvd. just to the east and west of Westshore Blvd. Once construction begins, THEA will also have a public information officer onsite who will hold regularly scheduled roundtable meetings with Gandy corridor businesses.


Question

How come all your pictures & videos show this barely extending over the inside lane when it is going to be 60′ wide and Gandy itself is only 57′ wide.

Answer

Gandy Blvd. is generally 100 ft. wide.


Question

What is the point of meeting with the Gandy businesses when all Gandy businesses are opposed to this. if THEA listened to Gandy businesses they would no be building this.

Answer

Many Gandy businesses strongly support this project.


Question

In the latest traffic report done by thea it stated that only 10% of all gandy traffic is regional and the real purpose of this was to bring in 50,000 people from 275 to downtown to bring in new tolls. How does this help south Tampa?

Answer

Our traffic studies estimate that approx. 40% of traffic is passthrough – meaning it has no destination in the Gandy corridor.


Question

Are any of these questions going through? none are displaying or being answered

Answer

We have a record of your questions being answered. After the downhill there will also be a record available of all the questions and answered from tonight’s Town Hall.


Question

So you are going to widen the existing median & turn lanes from 15′ to 34′? the median on the st pete is 34′ wide not the Tampa side. if you extend the medians to 34′ then you would have to eliminate businesses on both sides of gandy

Answer

The Selmon Extension will not cause any businesses to be eliminated.


Question

When will the East bound side of the Gandy bridge be replaced and have any considerations of this been incorporated with this design plan?

Answer

Thank you for your question. FDOT has just begun project development and environmental PD&E study on the Gandy bridge and it’s Eastbound replacement.


Question

Gandy is only 57′ wide. the overhead is 60′ wide. the images only show it coming over the inside lane and the same has been said in all virtual town halls. how is that not missleading the public?

Answer

Gandy Boulevard is generally 100 ft. wide


Question

I have gone out and measured gandy blvd on the TAMPA side in 10 different places and it is 57′ for 95% of it on the tampa side. how can they claim it is 100′ wide? Gandy is only 100′ wide on the ST PETE side

Answer

The right off way is 100′


Question

Is there possibility to combine options? I prefer the Estuary column, but the vivid upper piece

Answer

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, there is not an option to combine choices. The bottom pier needs to match the top fin.


Question

2 is beautiful

Answer

Thank you for your feedback. Please don’t forget to vote for your favorite design beginning tonight at 7:30pm on selmonextension.com


Question

Your recent study said that only 10% of traffic was pass through which is correct what you are saying now or your study?

Answer

40% of traffic is passthrough, according to our traffic studies.


Question

Gandy has been measured multiple times it is only 57′ wide except at one location where it is 65′ no where on the tampa side is it 100′ wide. that is st pete.

Answer

Gandy Blvd. right-of-way is 100 ft wide.


Question

If you are stating that gandy on the tampa side is 100′ wide you are lying to the public as it has been measured and confirmed multiple times it is 57′ wide it has 2 9′ lanes 2 11′ lanes and a 15′ median

Answer

Gandy right-a-way is 100 ft. wide


Question

The vivid rendering did not show lane lighting for the westbound lanes. Will there be lighting similar to that shown on Estuary?

Answer

Thank you for your question. Yes, aesthetic lighting will be provided for the piers and overhead structure in both designs.


Question

Where can I get more information on the ‘Westshore expansion’ project mentioned in this presentation?

Answer

Thank you for your question. The City of Tampa is in charge of this project. You can get more information from the City of Tampa Transportation Department.


Question

Will entrance to Culbreth Key ever be blocked off

Answer

Thank you for your question. The median opening to Culbreath key will be maintained at all times except during construction of the adjacent pier and then only between the hours of 9pm to 6am.


Question

For gandy to be 100′ wide that would put the lanes at 14′ wide and the median at 34′. that number is ridiculous. is Thea incompetant to come up with that number or lying?

Answer

The right away width contains the median turn lanes, thru lanes and border width which includes the sidewalks.


Question

Who is responsible for the upkeep of the grounds under the connector?

Answer

Thank you for the question. The landscaping will be maintained by the City of Tampa after the project has been completed.


Question

We were told in the last two virtual town halls a noise study would be completed. has that been completed or has thea lied to the public about it?

Answer

The noise study has been completed and is contained in the approved environmental documents.


Question

http://selmonextension.com/thea-investment-grade-traffic-and-revenue-study/ that study states that only 10% of the traffic is pass through.

Answer

Thank you, for future presentations, can you include what is being done for bicycles and pedestrians along GANDY bLVD. Will there be dedicated bike lanes and dedicated cross walks as part of this plan?


Question

Are we able to view those?

Answer

Thank you for participating in our Virtual Town Hall and for your question. All existing crosswalks along Gandy Boulevard will be maintained. Currently, there are no plans for dedicated bike lanes because they would require additional right-of-way and there is no right of way available for this project. However, bicycle improvements will be evaluated in future improvements to Gandy and Palonis parks.


Question

how come you keep stating that gandy is 100′ wide when it is a fact that it is only 57′ wide. you state the median will be 34′ wide when it is only 15 (including turn lanes) how do you explain these inconsistancies?

Answer

The right of way is 100 ft wide


Question

what is the link to the noise study?

Answer

The SEIR is located on the SelmonExtension website.


Question

Gandy blvd is 57′ wide not 100′ Please explain where you are getting 100′ from. the lanes only take up 40′ on both sides. the median is 15′ the run off takes up 2′ where is the additional 43′ coming from?

Answer

Gandy Right-of-way is generally 100 ft wide


Question

If i knew where the noise study was on the website i would no be asking for a link…

Answer

We will send a link to you after the VTHM. We are trying our best to answer questions from many people in real time.


Question

If thea insists that gandy is 100′ wide & the media is 34′ wide that is a flat out lie. isn’t thea required to be honest with the public from the sunshine law?

Answer

Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft. wide


Question

can you also provide a link showing how Thea came up with 100′? you don’t even need to measure to realize that number is ridiculously off meaning Thea is either lying or incompetant. which is it?

Answer

FDOT right of way maps show a 100 ft right of way on Gandy Boulevard


Question

Is the meeting still going on? I’ve tried with Mozilla & Chrome and NO VIDEO from the Media Player within event.on24.com

Answer

The Virtual Town Hall Meeting will be posted to our website, selmonextension.com, within 72 hours. You will be able to view both the presentation and question and answer session. If your have additional questions after this presentation, you can submit your question via the contact form on the website. You can also watch the animated video of the Selmon extension and see the pier renderings at www.SelmonExtension.com.


Question

This is going to be 30′ off the ground and 60′ wide will this handle wind shears up to 150mph? has a study been done to see if the ground will support that much wind? what has been done to prevent another collapse like was done to 275 overhead which was not nearly so tall or wide?

Answer

The bridge is designed to withstand 150 mph winds.


Question

Thank you, one more question, sorry. Regarding the street lights on the extension, do you know the height of the light poles? And has there been any study or data that can be provided on the additional amount of ‘light pollution’ to the existing neighborhoods along Gandy Blvd.

Answer

Thank you for your question. Existing lighting on Gandy Blvd. will remain as is. Lighting on the bridge structure will be 20 ft. above the bridge deck.


Question

Where are you getting that gandy is 100′ wide? on the ST pete side it is but not on the Tampa side. is this being built in tampa or st pete? if in tampa how did they get the measurements so wrong?

Answer

The Selmon Extension is being built in Tampa.


Question

Gandy blvd is 57′ wide not 100′ Please explain where you are getting 100′ from.

Answer

FDOT right of way maps show Gandy right of way as generally 100 ft wide


Question

The lanes of gandy are 9′ & 11′ on each side, the median is 15′ wide including turn lanes. there is 2′ of run off space. that comes to 57′ where is the additional 43′ that you are claiming if gandy is 100′ wide?

Answer

Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft. wide


Question

If this is being built in tampa then how do you explain stating that gandy is 100′ wide in st pete and only 57′ in tampa?

Answer

Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft. wide We are continuing to answer questions.


Question

If this is being built in tampa then how do you explain stating that gandy is 100′ wide in st pete and only 57′ in tampa?

Answer

Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft wide


Question

The lanes of gandy are 9′ & 11′ on each side, the median is 15′ wide including turn lanes. there is 2′ of run off space. that comes to 57′ where is the additional 43′ that you are claiming if gandy is 100′ wide?

Answer

Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft wide


Question

The bridge is designed to withstand 150 mph winds. based on what study? has a simliar overhad been built? is there any basis for this assumption?

Answer

The windloads are based on FDOT and AASHTO guidelines.


Question

How much landscaping is proposed?

Answer

There is $2 million allocated for landscaping in the project.


Question

Where is the fdot map that shows that gandy blvd on the tampa side is 100′?

Answer

We don’t have a link but we can send you the attachment. Can you please send us a request via info@selmonextension.com?


Question

We are concerned about homeless and the prostitution population?

Answer

Thank you for your concern and for participating. The minimum clearance of the bridge is 30′ in height and the narrow median will be almost entirely landscaped with little to no area for congregating.


Question

According to google earth which pulls its info from fdot gandy blvd is 57′ wide. where are you getting 100′?

Answer

The Gandy right of way is 100 ft. wide according to FDOT right of way map. We will be happy to send to you. Please send us a request at info@selmonextension.com


Question

You keep giving me the same answer to different questions that is not answering. i have asked many times if the lanes are 9 & 11′ wide and the median is 15′ where is the other 43′ coming from that you add up to 100′ answering 100′ is not an answer.

Answer

In all due respect, you keep asking the same question. The Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft wide according to FDOT right of way maps, no matter how many times the question is asked.


Question

Can this extension be stopped? we don’t want it

Answer

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is proceeding with the project but we appreciate your opinion and participation.

THEA Investment Grade Traffic and Revenue Study

Download the THEA Investment Grade Traffic and Revenue Study

Jacobs is pleased to present this investment grade traffic and toll revenue study for the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA). THEA operates the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (Selmon Expressway) which serves citizens of Hillsborough and the surrounding counties as they move through and within the Tampa region.

The analysis and the documentation herein follow a logical path from the existing conditions both from the view of the supply of transportation in the form of the roadway network and the demand on that transportation network in the form of traffic patterns, trends and characteristics to the future condition as population increases and transportation improvements are put into place to accommodate those demands.

The overall approach of the analysis is presented in Figure 1. The red boxes identify the data collection effort which includes traffic characteristics, socioeconomic data and transportation improvements in the region. The existing conditions data is the dataset against which the regional travel demand model is calibrated. The base year calibrated model is then used to forecast future traffic demand as a function of revised population and employment estimates. This future demand is used as input into the project specific traffic and revenue models for the existing Selmon Expressway and the proposed Selmon Expressway West Extension (Selmon West Extension). The final result is estimates of traffic and revenue by toll plaza for the forecasting period.

Click here to download the full report.

Figure 1

THEA Completes Bond Sale for Financing of the Selmon Extension

 THEA Completes Bond Sale for Financing of the Selmon West Extension

August 24, 2017 – Tampa, FL – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is pleased to announce that it has completed a $157 million bond sale to finance the Selmon West Extension.

THEA had six times the offers – over $1 billion in orders – for the offering.  Because of this overwhelming interest in investing in the Tamp Bay regions, THEA was able to reprice the bonds, thus saving over $800,000 in interest costs.

“The strong demand for the bonds is a reflection of the Authority’s solid financial condition, the positive reception of the project, and interest to invest in our community, said Vincent J. Cassidy, Chairman of THEA’s Board of Directors. “Investors see our region as a good place to put their money based on our strong demographic trends and prospect for continued economic growth as evidenced by other sizeable infrastructure projects in development and on the horizon,” Cassidy continued.

In addition to the strong economy and economic outlook, THEA also received rating news in the last two weeks.  Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings raised its long-term and underlying ratings on THEA’s outstanding revenue bonds from A to A+.  At the same time, S&P also assigned its A+ rating to THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds for the financing of the Selmon West Extension. In addition, Moody’s Investor Services assigned its rating of A2 on THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds and affirms the A2 on THEA’s outstanding parity senior bonds.

THEA’s management team, traffic and revenue consultant, general engineering consultant, financial advisor and Board Chairman presented to both rating agencies in July.  THEA’s team reported strong traffic and revenue growth in recent years, steady population growth that provides adequate demand for the expressway, and the strong demand for the Selmon Expressway as an essential commuter facility. The A+ and A2 ratings from S&P and Moody’s respectively are reflective of their confidence in THEA’s financial strength and capabilities of operating and maintaining the Selmon Expressway and were an important factor in investor interest.
Proceeds from the Bonds will provide the Authority funding for capital projects, including the Selmon West Extension Project, which will offer travelers a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, alleviating the traffic congestion on Gandy Boulevard and creating greater capacity and access to neighborhoods and businesses.

“THEA is well positioned over the next five years due to well-maintained physical assets and current capital program” stated Amy Lettelleir, THEA’s Chief Financial Officer. THEA’s revenue bonds and the agreement provides THEA with operational autonomy and complete control over revenues.

“We’re very happy with the ratings we received” said Mr. Cassidy.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email info@tampa-xway.com.

 

Bond Rating Increase for the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

Bond Rating Increase for the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

Upgraded bond rating attributed to sound fiscal management, traffic growth, steady and sustainable revenue growth above forecast

Tampa, FL – August 16, 2017 – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is extremely pleased to announce favorable ratings from two highly respected rating agencies.

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has raised its long-term and underlying ratings on THEA’s outstanding revenue bonds from A to A+.  At the same time, S&P also assigned its A+ rating to THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds for the financing of the Selmon West Extension.  Among the independent expressway authorities in Florida, THEA has the highest rating from S&P.

In addition, Moody’s Investor Services assigned its rating of A2 on THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds and affirms the A2 on THEA’s outstanding parity senior bonds.

THEA’s management team, traffic and revenue consultant, general engineering consultant, financial advisor and Board Chairman presented to both ratings agencies in July.  THEA’s team reported stronger than forecasted traffic and revenue growth in recent years, steady population growth that provides adequate demand for the expressway, and the strong demand for the Selmon Expressway as an essential commuter facility. The A+ and A2 ratings from S&P and Moody’s respectively, are reflective of their confidence in THEA’s financial strength and capabilities of operating and maintaining the Selmon Expressway

The agency will go to the bond market at the end of this month to finance the Selmon West Extension project.  This is THEA’s first major construction project as an independent authority.

“Having S&P upgrade THEA’s rating to A+ and Moody’s affirmation of its A2 rating will result in lower borrowing costs for the Authority,” said Amy Lettelleir, THEA’s chief financial officer.

“THEA has worked hard to get and keep the Authority in a strong financial position.  This allows us to do more transportation projects for the Tampa Bay area, all without adding to the state’s debt,” said Joe Waggoner, executive director, THEA.

Board Chair Vincent J Cassidy said, “I couldn’t be more proud of our leadership team and all they have accomplished for the authority and our community. The raising of our bond rating is recognition of the successful execution of our strategy as well as how we manage our cash flow and our projects, including the upcoming $250 million expansion of our system.”

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ABOUT THEA:

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.

Follow the THEA on Twitter: @THEASelmon
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THEA Board of Directors Approves Selmon Extension Design-Build Contract

Artistic Rendering

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Board of Directors Approves Selmon West Extension  Design-Build Contract

August 14, 2017, Tampa, Fla, -The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Board of Directors voted to approve awarding the Selmon West Extension Design-Build contract to the team comprised of Kiewit and AECOM. The Selmon Extension is a 1.6-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.

THEA’s goal while writing the RFP was to find the team best suited to build an aesthetically pleasing bridge while minimizing the impact on residents, business owners, and commuters, during the construction process.  Four teams were selected to compete in the final round of the RFP process and were asked to submit proposals that showcased innovative in both design and construction techniques.

After an extensive RFP process, the Kiewit and AECOM team received the highest scores and were awarded the design/build contract. THEA’s Technical Review committee did not select the winning team based on the lowest bid.  Other factors like design approach, construction approach, and the maintenance of traffic patterns along Gandy Boulevard were considered and weighed heavily during the scoring process.

“Local residents and Gandy businesses are important to our us and our community and in an effort to minimize construction impact and to ensure the project is completed according to THEA’s approved timeline, teams that responded to the RFP were tasked with including cutting-edge techniques and schedules to complete the project in strict compliance with THEA’s timeline,” Joe Waggoner, CEO of THEA said. “The winning team will be penalized for excessive lane closures, median opening closures, and detours over and above those approved by THEA,” Waggoner added.

“It was a competitive process with several outstanding teams submitting RFP responses. I know the THEA Technical Review committee took significant time and consideration in reviewing the responses and selecting the overall best team to complete this project in a timely and aesthetically-pleasing manner that will further connect the Tampa Bay region,” said Vince Cassidy, Chairman of THEA’s Board of Directors.

Construction of the Selmon West Extension is expected to begin in early 2018, with an anticipated operational date in late 2020.

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 ABOUT THEA:

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.

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/selmonextension/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/selmonextension

Hurricane Readiness Tips

Are You Ready for a Hurricane?

Tampa Bay has been really fortunate, we haven’t had a hurricane hit in over 10 years. However, it’s important that you and your family are prepared in case disaster strikes. Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 7-13, 2017. The Atlantic Coast hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Hurricane Preparedness Week is your time to prepare for a potential tropical storm or hurricane. Do you know your evacuation zone? Develop an evacuation plan, assemble disaster supplies, secure an insurance check-up, and make sure your home is storm ready. Have a plan. Click here to download Hillsborough County’s Disaster Planning Guide.

Here are some helpful hurricane readiness tips:

  • Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
    Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Listen for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Check your disaster supplies. Replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
  • Close your windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off your propane tank.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.

Please, remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. It’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov.

Hurricane Evacuation Study

Hurricane Evacuation Study

Modeling & Assessment of the Selmon Expressway for Regional Evacuations

Objectives of the Hurricane Evacuation Study

  • Measure the effectiveness of Selmon Extension’s Contraflow Plan
  • Study the evacuation impact of the Selmon Extension
  • Selmon Expressway’s Contraflow Plan on Tampa Bay’s transportation system
  • Evaluate the resiliency benefits of the Selmon Extension and surrounding local road network during an evacuation
  • Identify potential system failures that could threaten the contraflow plan and identify an alternative
  • Identify potential system failures that could threaten the contraflow plan and identify an alternative

Overall results of the Hurricane Evacuation Study

The construction of the Selmon West Extension shifts pass-through traffic from the surface roadway (Gandy Boulevard) to elevated lanes resulting in:

  • Reduced congestion for local traffic
  • Reduced delay for local traffic
  • Selmon West Extension also helps to spread Tampa Bay traffic across all three east-west bridges, benefitting all three
  • Congestion and delay benefits within the South Tampa/Gandy Boulevard Network become greater as need increases providing more benefit to local evacuees when it is needed most

Download the Hurricane Evacuation study by clicking here.

Homeowner Association Presentations

Selmon Extension Project  – Homeowner Association Presentation

THEA is committed to keeping you informed about the Selmon Extension Project. Last month we gave presentations about the Selmon Extension to the Bayside West, Culbreath Key, and Recency Cove homeowners associations, followed by question and answer sessions.  If you live near Gandy Boulevard and would like us to speak to your homeowner association. Please contact us at info@selmonextension.com.

To download a PDF copy of Selmon Extension Project PowerPoint presentation, please, click here.

Video: Virtual Town Hall #2

Virtual Town Hall #2 – General Overview of the Selmon Extension

On September 28th, at 6:00 pm, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority hosted a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on the in-depth overview of the Selmon Extension. This was the second in a series of Virtual Town Hall Meetings.

Questions and Answers

Question

Why does the marketing material specifically the images of the overhead show as barely extending over the median when in reality it is going to extend 1.5′ over the sidewalk on either side of gandy?

Answer

The overhead will slightly extend 1.5 into the outside lane. It will not extend over the sidewalk.


Question

Hello. Will the support piers be lighted as they (mostly) are for the current elevated lanes?

Answer

Yes, aesthetic lighting will be provided for the piers and overhead structure.


Question

Are you extending it to Gandy?

Answer

The Extension will provide a direct connection between the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway and the Gandy Bridge.


Question

The intersection at Gandy Blvd., and Dale Mabry on the southwest side has only one lane for vehicles exiting, and entering the expressway, causing traffic to criss-cross. Will there be a safer access/exit at this intersection with the extension?

Answer

We will be extending eastbound to southbound movement all the way to Dale Mabry to minimize the weaving problem.


Question

According to the plans it is going to be 60′ wide, with 90% of gandy being only 57′ wide how is it not going to extend over the sidewalk on 1.5′ on either side?

Answer

Your question will be answered during the presentation. Thanks for your patience.


Question

Your own plans show the median as a 34′ wide as typical but there is only a small section where it is wider than 16′.

Answer

The median width includes the turn lanes. Upon completion of the project, there will be a 34′ median, and an 11′ and 10′ ft lane in each direction for the majority of the project. Therefore, the 57′ wide bridge above will extend above slightly into each outside lane.


Question

All traffic statics are theoretical are they not? You have not done a published plate study to know how much traffic is local or through traffic.

Answer

Please refer to our website for previous traffic studies. We are currently preforming an updated origin destination traffic study (same as a plate study) and will post the results on our website.


Question

is THEA considering anything here but the cost? it seems they do not care about hurting local people’s property values and local businesses but building the overhead is causing “inverse condemnation” which opens THEA up to a class action lawsuit by home homers and local businesses www.savegandynow.com

Answer

This project benefits a wide area of the Tampa Bay community. That said, many local businesses and residents in the Gandy corridor support this project, including the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. The proposed improvement is consistent with local, regional, and state transportation plans. It will address current and future needs of the region for travel, business, and emergency evacuations.


Question

I’ve gone out there and measured Gandy, when turn lanes exist the width of the median and turn lanes is 16′ so a 60′ wide overhead will extend over the sidewalk on either side for 95% of Gandy

Answer

The median width includes the turn lanes. Upon completion of the project, there will be a 34′ median, and an 11′ and 10′ ft lane in each direction for the majority of the project. Therefore, the 57′ wide bridge above will extend above slightly into each outside lane.


Question

After building the toll road, how do the powers that be think people can afford the toll road, it has become so high now average people cant afford the expressway, so how many people will still use Gandy blvd after the Expressway is constructed.

Answer

Extensive studies by our traffic and revenue consultants show that a large amount of regional traffic will utilize the elevated structure with the anticipated toll rates. This reduction of traffic from Gandy Boulevard will improve traffic flow for local drivers trying to access the businesses and neighborhoods along the Gandy corridor.


Question

None of your traffic studies conclusively show that the extension will do anything as the majority of the traffic congestion comes from the intersections of Westshore and Manhattan. without a plate study you have no idea if the extension will help or not correct?

Answer

Traffic congestion is significant at each of the traffic signals on Gandy. Traffic Studies have indicated that a significant amount of traffic will divert to the express lanes thus reducing congestion at the intersections.


Question

I have extensively read your traffic studies, since all the information in your broadcast is theoretical shouldn’t you be telling people that? all these 40% & 44% is a theory and is not supported by any facts.

Answer

The traffic projections are based upon the regional traffic model approved by FDOT and the Hillsborough MPO.


Question

Is this the same presentation that we had before or is there new updates/info?

Answer

Yes, this is essentially the same presentation as the first, with some updated graphics. We plan to have new presentations in the coming months.


Question

I came in few minutes late; has there already been mention cost to the users -in taxes or toll fee increases? Overall the plan sounds good.

Answer

The current project requires no right of way, no taking of businesses, and no taking of homes. The cost of the project, as well as the operation and maintenance of the facility, will be paid from toll revenue and toll bonds. The project will require 0 tax dollars.


Question

Would be great if you guys would say that in the “invitation”. I made a point of being available because I thought you would have updates.

Answer

Sorry about any confusion. We will make sure to be more clear on this going forward.


Question

Traffic studies have indicated? meaning its open to interpretation. haven’t other people that have looked at the study also come up with alternative ways to fix congestion that doesn’t involve destroying the gandy corridor so the board of directors at THEA can bring home a bigger pay check?

Answer

The Expressway Authority conducted a full PD&E study from 2008 to 2010. We had over 100 meetings with stakeholders and we also had a project advisory group made up of local citizens and agencies.


Question

Since the early 90s, there have been discussions and concerns with the traffic on Gandy Boulevard. Many projects have been proposed, but those projects took many resident’s homes and area businesses.

Answer

The Selmon Extension takes no homes, no businesses, is built in an existing median and is being paid for by toll revenues. Not tax dollars. This project is needed for efficient movement of goods and people, and for evacuation purposes.


Question

It does not appear that bicycle lanes are being provided along Gandy. Is that something that won’t be able to be accommodated within the existing right-of-way in the future?

Answer

Additional right-of-way from the businesses located along Gandy Boulevard would be needed to accommodate bicycle lanes.


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I have seen the structure, it is being designed for 2 lanes each direction despite you saying its for a single lane. and you are listing the median at 34′ when in reality the median including turn lanes for 95% of gandy is only 16′ wide.

Answer

The single lane ramp with 6 foot shoulders on each side meets FDOT standards to accommodate emergency vehicles and allow traffic to pass by in the event of an emergency.


Question

What will be the speed limit?

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The design speed for the Extension is 50 mph.


Question

Why are there calculations for traffic based on current traffic only? Considering the likely large increase in population (especially Hillsborough).

Answer

Thank you for your question. Our traffic studies include not only current traffic patterns, but projected traffic growth over the next 20 years.


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With all the heavy port traffic, incl. lots of semis; plus increased existing & projected residential increases of on & near West Shore Blvd., both S.&N. of Gandy; I cannot understand why there are no ramps on and off at West Shore. Not only that, but this access is crucial to the businesses located between the existing Selmon terminus and the bridge. Why wouldn’t you either install ramps at West Shore, or at least set it up so that they can be added later? This reminds me of the Skyway being insufficient for future use; or the Trop being built to short for existing use.

Answer

Traffic from Westshore Boulevard can head Westbound and utilize the Gandy Bridge (as they currently can now.) However, to provide access to the facility Eastbound would require extensive right of way from businesses around the Westshore intersection, negatively impacting those businesses and local residents.


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Why in heaven’s name would you make this extension one lane in each direction, when the existing Selmon and the bridge are two lanes in each direction? Who is planning this? Looks like the same people as the Skyway!

Answer

The traffic projections for those regional travelers bypassing Gandy Blvd via the Extension, only warrant one lane in each direction. Also, there are no plans to widen the Gandy Bridge beyond two lanes in each direction.


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Are any of the designers actually drivers of the corridor? Do they realize how difference of speed among drivers (from 55mph to 80mph) of current Selmon drivers will make for extreme frustration and dangerous conditions between slow and fast speed drivers (and increase instances of road rage).

Answer

Yes our designers have driven the corridor and are professionally familiar with the traffic patterns in the area. We acknowledge road rage as a significant issue and thank you for your comments and concerns. Please visit our website for updates. www.selmonextension.com


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There is no way these are accurate. What are the basis of these growth numbers. How where the numbers estimated?

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We completed extensive traffic studies, which are based on the regional traffic model approved by FDOT and the Hillsborough County MPO. These studies are posted on our website. We are currently performing an updated origin destination traffic study (same as a plate study) and will post the results on our website once complete.


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Also noise doesn’t dissipate when higher out it goes out farther because right now noise is being dissipated by the businesses. Now the noise will go out farther and reach more homes lowering property values.

Answer

The higher structure results in noise waves dissipating at higher elevations, minimizing noise impacts to adjacent property owners.


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Are these the same techniques used for the i275 construction that FAILED to properly adjust traffic! Which now has LONGER traffic times after completion!

Answer

I-275 is an FDOT project.


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Move the ramps to a West Shore Blvd. interchange, get the trucks off the light at West Shore. Plan for the future increases. South of Gandy (and the DeBartolo property north), are planning huge increases. Are you not conferring with the port? What about the developers. Who is doing this?

Answer

Future development along the Gandy corridor is considered in the regional traffic model. This project will divert a large amount of regional traffic to the elevated structure, freeing up local roads to the increased area residents from the developments you mentioned.


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what is the point of 15′ lanes and 6′ wide shoulders on either side? according to FDOT standards the typical lane is 8-11′ wide and one 2-6′ shoulder is required, having double can only mean you want a second lane each direction later after its built. and in the mean time lying to people that it is only going to extend out to the inner turn lanes and not sidewalk to sidewalk

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The lanes on the elevated structure are designed to meet the single lane ramp requirements for a limited access facility per FDOT standards. These standards require a 15′ travel lane and two 6′ shoulders on either side. This configuration will provide adequate space to move disabled vehicles or vehicles involved in an accident to the shoulder and allow room for emergency responders and vehicles to safely operate while still providing room for traffic to move in a single lane.


Question

So I can visualize the difference, how high is the express route that we presently use from the east of downtown going to Brandon ?

Answer

The Extension will be 30′ high from the ground to the top of each pierr. The Reversible Elevated Lanes (REL) between downtown and Brandon have sections that are the same height, but also sections that are lower.


Question

Have there been advances in paint technology since the original reversible lanes were constructed? The original bridge looks quite dirty, so it would be nice if a different paint could be used where that’s less of an issue (if at all possible).

Answer

Yes, there have been in advances in paint technology since the original REL. We will incorporate those newer technologies into our design when possible.


Question

Is there any portion of this study that shows an alternate of having two lanes on the elevated expressway.

Answer

The structure is designed to meet FDOT standards for a single-lane ramp on a limited access facility.


Question

Is the standards approved by FDOT and Hillsborough MPO created in the same method that lists a 16′ median as 34′? and a 60′ wide structure that extends and hangs over each side of the sidewalk on either side when the image shows it barely extend out 16′?

Answer

The median width includes the turn lanes. Upon completion of the project, there will be a 34′ median, and an 11′ and 10′ ft lane in each direction for the majority of the project. Therefore, the 57′ wide bridge above will extend above slightly into each outside lane.

2016 Economic & Business Impact Study

Assessing the Economic & Business Impacts of the Selmon Extension

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is conducting an evaluation of a proposed Gandy Boulevard improvement project directed at serving regional traffic coming to and from the Gandy Bridge. The proposed build alternative considers an elevated structure connecting the Gandy Bridge with the western termini of the Selmon Expressway. While this solution primarily targets regional traffic and the reduction of local congestion, concerns about potential impacts on local businesses have been raised during the project advisory group presentations.

THEA contracted the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) to conduct a study of the business impacts of the proposed improvement. The goal is to assess and quantify the changes in sales revenues and employment that are likely to occur as regional and local traffic patterns change once the proposed alternative becomes operational. In addition, THEA retained CUTR to identify and quantify the temporary impacts to businesses during the construction phase of the proposed alternative.

Download the USF Economic & Business Impact Study

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