Our Commitment to Tampa Bay
THEA is known for creating beautiful and innovative transportation solutions. Our international award winning Reversible Express Lanes (REL) were the first-ever reversible express lanes using all-electronic tolling in the world. Transportation experts from around country and the world, including China, Singapore, Spain and Canada, have visited Tampa to learn more about our lanes.
Our Reversible Express Lanes (REL) are a unique facility. The Selmon Expressway is the first road in Florida to address urban congestion by combining the innovations of concrete segmental bridges, reversible express lanes, and all electronic tolling. Like many urban areas, purchasing the additional land needed along this corridor for typical highway widening was neither physically nor financially feasible. To minimize the footprint of the Selmon Expressway, most of the project was constructed as a concrete segmental bridge using only 6 feet of space within the existing median.THEA is exploring using this same building technique for the Selmon Extension.
The REL provides a direct connection between Brandon and downtown Tampa, allowing for express travel of people in cars and buses. It is an innovative project that has won approximately two dozen awards of recognition by local, state, national and international organizations.
THEA also owns Meridian Avenue and Brandon Parkway. These serve as feeder roads to the REL, while at the same time, providing a beautifully landscaped pedestrian path, thus accommodating all modes of transportation.
Working in partnership with Neighborhood Associations, we’ve also worked to help improve underpasses in adjacent neighborhoods, including Swann Avenue and Mac Dill Avenue.