I-275 N. of Downtown Tampa

Project Status

Public Hearing held March 26, 2019
Construction anticipated to begin Fall 2021

I-275 provides a convenient route for commuters, residents and tourists, but with an abundance of key destinations, congestion leads to traffic delays.

I-275 is a conduit of regional mobility.

The USF area and the surrounding innovation district is a growing healthcare and economic center. This north-south interstate corridor is critical to the efficient movement of people and goods throughout the Tampa Bay area and the state.

Improvements to I-275 N. of Downtown Tampa provide:

  • Vital connectivity to regional interstates including I-75 and I-4
  • Integration with multimodal choices under development across our region
  • Enhanced travel times to healthcare and hospitals, education, tourist destinations, entertainment venues and employment centers
  • Access to the University of South Florida and the Innovation District

The Florida Department of Transportation has funded improvements along the I-275 Corridor from the I-4/I-275 Interchange to north of Hillsborough Avenue that will improve safety and traffic operations, add general use capacity, provide sound barriers, and integrate opportunities for transit.

These improvements include providing dedicated auxiliary lanes from the I-4 ramps to north of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and add one general purpose lane in each direction from north of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to north of Hillsborough Avenue. New sound barriers will be constructed along the corridor. To see the locations of new barriers, click here. FDOT is also providing opportunities for future transit along this corridor by widening both the inside and outside shoulders to provide flexibility for future transit bus operations. All of the improvements will be completed within existing right-of-way.

This project will be a design-bid-build procurement and construction is anticipated to begin in Fall 2021. For more information about the project construction, visit www.fdottampabay.com.

FDOT plans for future improvements along this corridor from north of Hillsborough Avenue to north of Bearrs Avenue that will add one general purpose lane in each direction. These improvements are not currently funded for construction.

Previously, FDOT screened several concepts for this corridor up to Bearrs Avenue during the PD&E study phase, including a boulevard concept and the addition of express lanes. The Department met with the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the City of Tampa, and community members to discuss FDOT’s approach to evaluating the concepts along this corridor. FDOT and the Hillsborough MPO determined that there are local decisions and investments that would be required for the boulevard to move forward (land use policy decisions, local transit investments, etc.) that are best addressed at the local level. Additionally, after receiving input from the community on the addition of express lanes, FDOT removed this concept from further consideration.

Within the southern portion of the corridor, FDOT identified operational improvements to address safety and traffic operations within the Downtown Interchange, which is part of the Tampa Interstate Study (TIS) Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The study area includes I-275 from Howard Frankland Bridge to North of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and I-4 from I-275 to East of 50th Street.

Click here to view the latest project fact sheet.

Click here to view the PD&E information for I-275 from I-4 to north of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, and from north of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to north of Bearss Avenue and click here to view the materials presented at the public hearing.


Projected growth for
Pasco County


Vehicles per day expected on this segment of I-275 by 2040
(up from 150,000 in 2009)


Projected growth for
Hillsborough County
(30,000 in the USF/Innovation District)

The Florida Department of Transportation is required to comply with various non-discrimination laws and regulations, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.
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: Manuel Flores, Departamento de Transporte de la Florida, (813) 975-4248, Manuel.Flores@dot.state.fl.us