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.