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

Click here to view the PD&E information for I-275 N. of Downtown Tampa.

Tampa Bay Next - I-275 Innovation Corridor Aerial

Project Status

PUBLIC HEARING:
Early 2019

FDOT recently announced that it is no longer considering adding express lanes to I-275 north of the downtown (I-4) interchange. Instead, FDOT will focus on near-term improvements within the existing Right of Way that improve safety and traffic operations, add general use capacity, provide sound barriers, and integrate opportunities for transit.

Last year, the Florida Department of Transportation began screening several concepts for this corridor, including the boulevard concept (with transit in the median and/or on the side). The Department met with the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the City of Tampa, and Joshua Frank (the USF graduate who originally developed and proposed the boulevard concept) to discuss FDOT’s approach to evaluating the concept in this corridor. After the initial screening, 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.). Those decisions and investments are best addressed at the local level by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is starting an update to its Long Range Transportation Plan this year. The Hillsborough  MPO is including the boulevard concept in one of the three scenarios for future growth, and the community will be able to provide feedback on each of the scenarios later this year.

While the Hillsborough MPO works with the community to determine a long-term vision for this corridor in the Long Range Transportation Plan, FDOT is focusing on addressing the existing problems of safety, traffic operations, and congestion through near-term improvements that will not preclude potential long-term projects.

Additionally, FDOT is working on options for improving the Downtown Interchange, which is part of the Tampa Interstate Study Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) – 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, Work Program Number: 258337-2.

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Projected growth for
Pasco County

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

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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: Sandra González, P.E., (813) 975-6096, sandra.gonzalez@dot.state.fl.us.