Plans to develop the Selmon Expressway have been tweaked

We rounded up some info on the ongoing plans to update the road.

The Selmon Expressway viaduct sits above the Hillsborough River. Tampa's skyline is behind it, and there are blue skies overhead.

The road is named after the legendary Tampa Bay Buccaneers player.

The Lee Roy Selmon Expressway has helped drivers pass through Tampa since it first opened in 1976. With connections to Gandy Boulevard to the west, I-275, I-75, I-4, and Brandon to the east, the expressway cuts right through the heart of the Big Guava.

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is updating its planned changes to the road, intended to improve pedestrian access and safety amid downtown’s continued growth. Here are some highlights:

  • The five-way intersection near Amalie Arena will be no more, with Exit 6B set for removal.
  • The nearby Exit 6A will be updated to improve driver safety + protection.
  • Plans for an exit ramp connecting the Selmon with the Channel District have been tweaked, and will now force drivers to come to a stop, removing the option of free right turns.
  • The project was originally set to cost $55.3 million. A new figure has not yet been announced.