We have a new approach to public involvement. FDOT wants to provide the community a more open and transparent view into the transportation planning process. We also want to help you understand how to influence transportation decisions at the regional and local levels. Our community engagement strategy is focused on reaching our Tampa Bay community where you live, work and play. FDOT will be participating in community events throughout Tampa Bay so we can make it easier for you to engage with us.
What is Tampa Bay Next?
Tampa Bay Next is a program to modernize Tampa Bay’s transportation infrastructure and prepare for the future.
Why did FDOT launch Tampa Bay Next?
FDOT District Seven has taken a comprehensive approach to transportation planning and development for a truly integrated, multimodal regional transportation system. Tampa Bay Next breaks down silos and allows for greater public involvement in determining the best solutions for Tampa Bay’s complex transportation challenges.
What happened to Tampa Bay Express?
In consideration of the public’s feedback, FDOT determined that it needs to approach transportation challenges in a more inclusive manner and consider interstate improvements in the context of a comprehensive regional transportation system. Any interstate improvements that were part of the Tampa Bay Express system will now be evaluated under the Tampa Bay Next program. FDOT will consider alternatives to the proposed projects.
If Tampa Bay Express is going away, why is there TBX funding in the TIP?
FDOT’s work program covers a 5-year period where projects are queued up to be funded. Even early phases of a project such as planning and right of way are identified in the TIP document for transparency purposes, and each project is numbered and named for tracking purposes. As projects move through their life cycle, they evolve and change based on public input, design considerations, and other external factors. Some of the existing interstate improvements, such as interchange reconstruction, will continue to be a priority under Tampa Bay Next. However, the express lanes concepts will be reevaluated under this new program.
Is FDOT still building Express Lanes in Tampa Bay?
FDOT is planning express lanes for three projects:
- Gateway Connector
- Howard Frankland Bridge (1 express lane in each direction in addition to 4 non-tolled lanes)
- I-4 and Connector
FDOT is evaluating express lanes concepts for the following projects:
- Westshore Area Interchange
- Westshore to Downtown Corridor
- Downtown Interchange
- I-275 Innovation Corridor
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise is building express lanes on portions of the Veterans Expressway.
Is FDOT purchasing right of way?
FDOT is offering to purchase properties from willing sellers near the Westshore area and Downtown Tampa interchanges. These interchanges were built in the 1960s and have only had intermittent operational improvements since that time. Under any design concept other than a no-build scenario, modernization of these interchanges will require right of way purchases. Advanced acquisition of these properties from willing sellers is fiscally responsible, and it also reduces the burden on property owners and renters by avoiding eminent domain situations whenever possible.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Chris Speese, Public Involvement Coordinator, at (813) 975-6405, (800) 226-7220 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org at least seven (7) days prior to a meeting.
Comuníquese con nosotros
Nos importa mucho la opinión del público sobre el proyecto. Si tiene preguntas o comentarios, o simplemente desea más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros. Nuestra representante en español es:
Departamento de Transporte de la Florida – Distrito 7
11201 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa, FL. 33612