Tampa’s downtown and surrounding urban core is rich with cultural and historical resources. The Downtown Interchange and corridors of I-275, I-4 and the Selmon Expressway are key links in Florida’s interstate freeway system providing freight and passenger mobility. While they serve as important commuter routes to suburban and urban communities in the Tampa Bay region providing access to jobs, medical facilities, universities and cultural resources, the Downtown Interchange is a known chokepoint.
Tampa Bay Next will provide multimodal transportation choices to:
- Distribute traffic more evenly for a growing and changing downtown and urban core
- Efficiently move people and goods with connectivity throughout the region
- Enhance travel speeds to key destinations and reduce backups
- Integrate transit choices for commuters, visitors and residents
- Connect neighborhoods with public spaces such as parks, greenway and a trail
Wait, didn’t you fix that already?
FDOT completed operational improvements to the Downtown interchange in 2006. These improvements were meant to be interim and FDOT has had a long-standing plan to redesign and reconstruct the Downtown Tampa Interchange since the late 1980s. The interchange is part of the original Tampa Interstate Study.