Imagine Taking Expressway To Gandy Bridge
Behind The Wheel
April 6, 2009
Imagine taking the Selmon Crosstown Expressway all the way to the Gandy Bridge, avoiding traffic in South Tampa.
Imagine living in South Tampa and not having to deal with folks on their way to work in Tampa.
The agency that runs the expressway is creating a photo illustration to show what life might look like with an elevated highway from the Selmon's current endpoint, South Dale Mabry Highway, to the Gandy Bridge.
Folks will get a chance to see the illustration and other renderings from 6 to 8 p.m. April 14 at a workshop at Monroe Middle School, 4716 Montgomery Ave.
The Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority is seeking public support for the extension. It hopes to know by July whether to proceed with engineering studies.
Later this month, authority officials will brief civic groups and government agencies about the two-lane road, which would resemble the expressway's reversible lanes and be built on piers on Gandy Boulevard.
Mini Giveaway Gets Big Response
Speaking of the Selmon, the expressway authority gave away more than 3,500 coupons last week for free SunPass Mini transponders, the windshield stickers used at toll booth express lanes.
The Web site to redeem the coupons was swamped, but managed not to crash, authority spokeswoman Sue Chrzan said. The agency will mail out the first 100 transponders this week. Only 500 Minis, which come with $5 worth of tolls, will be given away.
The authority is trying to get motorists ready for July 2010, when the 15-mile road goes cashless at toll plazas. About 70 percent of its 40,000 daily users rely on electronic payment devices.
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