Westshore and Downtown Tampa are two business districts in constant motion. With diverse neighborhoods and businesses located along this corridor, movement between them must improve to support economic vitality.
Westshore to Downtown Tampa Corridor
The Westshore to Downtown Tampa corridor is essential for the movement of people and goods throughout Tampa and the region. The corridor also supports the mobility of recreational travelers and tourists. The interchanges that anchor each end of this corridor are being modernized to meet current and projected travel demands.
Congestion on this corridor is a result of constant movement between and through the Westshore area and downtown Tampa business districts.
Improvements to this corridor will:
- Provide travelers with better mobility choices
- Reduce traffic congestion
- Enhance opportunity for reliable travel times
- Improve regional connectivity
- Enhance quality of life for residents and visitors to the region
The planned improvements will preserve a 44-foot median to support future transit operations.
Tampa’s Westshore Interchange, the Westshore to Downtown Tampa Corridor, and the Downtown Tampa Interchange projects are all part of a long-standing plan to improve and modernize Tampa’s interstate system, originally called the Tampa Interstate Study (TIS). The TIS required the most rigorous evaluation process in transportation planning – an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). FDOT began theTampa Interstate Study (TIS) Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) in 2017, working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
FDOT has been engaging with the community to receive input on alternative design concepts for the SEIS and held a public meeting in October 2017 to review the concepts and get community input. FDOT also held a second public workshop in May 2019 to further review proposed alternative options. A public hearing was held in February 2020, and FHWA approved the SEIS in September 2020.
The reconstruction of Tampa’s Westshore Interchange has been a regional priority to improve mobility. On October 24, 2019, Governor DeSantis announced $1.4 Billion to reconstruct the Tampa’s Westshore Interchange (I-275/ SR 60) and make improvements to the I-275 Corridor from Westshore to Downtown Tampa. This is the largest transportation project to be funded in FDOT District 7’s history and is part of the Tampa Bay Next program. For the press release from the Governor’s office, click here.
Click here to view materials presented at the workshops.
To view concept plans for the Westshore to Downtown Tampa Corridor, please click here.
For more information on the SEIS and public hearing, click here.