From the Gandy Bridge to western terminus of the Selmon Expressway
American prepared a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to consider proposed improvements on Gandy Boulevard in South Tampa. This project extends approximately 2.0 miles from the Gandy Bridge to western terminus of the Selmon Expressway. The purpose for this project is to move regional traffic off the local street network, by serving commuter trips, add capacity, and emergency evacuation, since Gandy Boulevard serves as an evacuation route for South Tampa and Pinellas County. This anticipated traffic growth and high levels of congestion create a need to analyze the corridor for necessary improvements to ensure it continues to operate efficiently and safely. The proposed “Build” alternative improvements include an elevated two-lane two-way toll facility. Substantial public coordination took place including production of a 10-minute Public Hearing video explaining the history, purpose and need for the improvement. The THEA Board approved the State Environmental Impact Report on August 8, 2011.