Construction anticipated to begin Fall 2021
I-275 N. of Downtown Tampa
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
Existing I-275 north of the Downtown Tampa Interchange
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.
Click here to view the latest project fact sheet.