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SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW

FROM COMMISSIONER SANDY MURMAN

on Hillsborough County Transportation

 

 

Selmon Extension Project Update 

 

The Expressway Authority is committed to keeping the public informed about the Selmon Extension Project. On October 9th at 6:30 pm, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will host a Virtual Town Hall Meeting (VTHM) where we will present important updates as well as two pier design options for the Selmon Extension Project.

 

We invite you to participate and please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested in participating.

To register click here or visit: http://bit.ly/SelmonVTHM1. We encourage participants to join us online via computer, tablet or smartphone as visual aids will be presented during the VTHM. However, If a participant does not have access to a computer, there is a call in number that will be given out when you register for the meeting.

More information can be found on our project website, http://selmonextension.com.

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Information About The Howard Frankland Bridge Project

 

Today, FDOT announced changes to the proposed design for the Howard Frankland Bridge Project. The changes are being made as a result of our Tampa Bay Next process, which is leading us to reevaluate all of the elements of the former Tampa Bay Express (TBX) project as well as other potential projects that were not covered under TBX.

 

We are changing our plan to improve safety and emergency evacuation, while better accommodating future travel demand, transit on express lanes, a possible rail corridor in the future, and bicycle/pedestrian traffic.

 

This change includes several important benefits:

 

  • The new design will improve incident management in emergency response situations, which addresses safety concerns raised by the community during our outreach process.
  • Hurricane evacuation plans can utilize all the lanes. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, this is particularly important for coastal Pinellas County, the most densely populated county in Florida.
  • The new design would provide improved operations of Express Bus Service and better accommodate the possibility of future transit.
  • The new design includes a bicycle/pedestrian trail, which accommodates requests from both the Hillsborough MPO and Forward Pinellas and reflects the increased emphasis the community has asked us to place on bicycle/pedestrian facilities.
  • In order to accommodate light rail in the future, we would not have to construct a third bridge as called for in the previous plan. We would only need to widen the existing southbound bridge and shift some of the travel lanes to the widened bridge, which would be more cost efficient and less impactful to the environment.
  • This new design would accommodate future demand at a much lower cost than adding lanes as part of future construction.
  • The additional express lane in each direction will better prepare the Howard Frankland Bridge for the potential of autonomous vehicles. Experts believe that initially autonomous vehicles (passenger and transit) may operate in dedicated lanes.

 

Click here to view a fact sheet.

 

Below is a link to an animation showing the construction sequence.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyo_5lmks3Q&feature=youtu.be

 

We will be conducting outreach activities ahead of the Howard Frankland Bridge public hearing.

 

Tuesday, November 14

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tampa Marriott Westshore

1001 N. Westshore Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33607

 

Thursday, November 16

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Hilton-St. Pete Carillon Park

950 Lake Carillon Drive

St. Petersburg, FL 33716

 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in this informational meeting, or persons who require translation services (free of charge) are asked to notify the agency at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting by contacting: Christopher Speese, Public Involvement Coordinator, at Christopher.Speese@dot.state.fl.us, 1 (800) 226-7220 or (813) 975-6405.

 

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.

 

If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or 1 (800) 955-8770 (Voice).

 

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: Lilliam Escalera, (813) 975-6445, Lilliam.Escalera@dot.state.fl.us.

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Citizens Transportation Academy

 

Interested in learning more about how transportation is planned, developed, funded, and implemented? Join the Florida Department of Transportation’s Citizens Transportation Academy! You talk. We listen. This webinar series is a direct response to the questions and comments we heard at our Community Working Groups and public outreach events.

WEBINAR COURSES

Friday, September 22  Regional Transportation Roles and Responsibilities Register

Friday, October 6*  Metropolitan Planning Process

Friday, October 13  Introduction to Transportation Project Development

Friday, October 20 – Introduction to Transit: Transit Modes and How They Work

Friday, October 27  How Transportation Projects are Funded

Thursday, November 2** – Congestion Management Strategies

* There is no session on Sept. 29 due to the Transportation Management Area (TMA)

Leadership Group meeting.

** The last session is on a Thursday instead of a Friday due to the TMA Leadership Group meeting.

The online series is free and open to the public. For more information on how to participate, please visit: TampaBayNext.com/CitizensTransportationAcademy.

If you do not have computer access or prefer to participate in person, please join us at FDOT District Seven Headquarters, 11201 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.

Questions? Contact TampaBayNext@dot.state.fl.us or call (813) 975-NEXT (6398)

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Downtown Tampa/East Tampa Community Working Group 9/25/17

 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting a series of Community Working Groups to address regional transportation. Please attend the Community Working Group for Downtown Tampa/East Tampa on Monday, September 25. This workshop will embrace discussions about regional transportation and its importance to the area including interstate modernization, safety, multi-modal opportunities, and technology.

Your input is important in creating a regional plan. Please join FDOT and share this invitation with members of your community.  RSVP encouraged to TampaBayNext@dot.state.fl.us.

 

 

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RESCHEDULE Notification:

Westshore/West Tampa/South Tampa Community Working Group 10/05/17

 

Please note, the second Community Working Group Meeting for Westshore/West Tampa/South Tampa has been rescheduled. The event is now scheduled for Thursday, October 5 at the Centre Club, 123 S. Westshore Blvd., 8th Floor, Tampa, FL from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (same time and same location as formally scheduled for September 19).

 

At this second round of Community Working Groups, FDOT will present information about various projects and alternatives being considered. The Metropolitan Planning Organization has been invited to present information about their upcoming Long Range Transportation Plan and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) will present the latest Regional Transit Feasibility Plan information. The format will encourage dialogue to address questions and ideas.  The group discussions include topics such as multi-modal transportation and evaluating infrastructure improvements in the context of a comprehensive regional transportation system.

 

 

The Community Working Group is open to the public and represents a cross section within the community including individual citizens, neighborhood/HOA association representatives, civic and faith-based leaders, small business owners and business leaders, among others.  If you require further information concerning this project, please contact us at (813) 975-NEXT (6398) or TampaBayNext@dot.state.fl.us.

 

We hope you can make it and we would appreciate it if you could please share the attached updated invitation and to encourage participation.

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Tampa Interstate Study (TIS) Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)

I-275 from the 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 Item Segment Number: 258337-2

 and

 Northwest (Veterans) Expressway Design Change Reevaluation

From north of Cypress Street to north of Independence Parkway

Work Program Item Segment Number: 258736-1

Hillsborough County, Florida

 

Alternatives Public Workshop & Section 106 Historic Resources Information Meeting

 

You are invited to attend and participate in the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven Alternatives Public Workshop and Section 106 Historic Resources Information Meeting. The Florida Department of Transportation is holding this public workshop on two separate dates and locations to allow for maximum participation. The information at each workshop will be identical. The dates and locations are as follows:

 

October 9, 2017                                                           October 10, 2017

Tampa Marriott Westshore                                          Hilton Tampa Downtown

1001 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607           211 N. Tampa St., Tampa, FL 33602

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.                                                             4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Hilton Tampa Downtown Parking: Fort Brooke Garage, 107 North Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33607. Whiting Street entrance. From the parking garage take the elevator to the third floor and use the walk over bridge to One City Center and the Hilton Hotel. Parking voucher will be provided at workshop sign-in table.

 

The purpose of this workshop is to involve the public in the preparation of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that will be prepared for the Tampa Interstate Study (TIS). The SEIS will focus on the downtown Tampa and Westshore interchanges, and the section of I-275 between those areas. The SEIS is a fresh look at the long-standing plan to improve and modernize Tampa’s interstate system, originally called the TIS. The workshop will also serve as an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the design changes to the Northwest (Veterans) Expressway as part of the Northwest Expressway Design Change Reevaluation. The meeting locations are shown on the map included below.

 

Please understand this is an informal meeting, not a public hearing, and the first of several to be included

throughout the process. The meetings will be held in an informal open house format. There will be no formal presentation. During the meeting, representatives of the FDOT will be available to discuss the process, answer questions, and receive comments specific to these studies. Written or emailed comments not received at the meeting must be postmarked or emailed by October 31, 2017 to be included in the official meeting record. Written comments can be mailed to: Ashley Henzel, P.E., PD&E Senior Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation, MS 7-500, 11201 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL, 33612, or emailed to: Ashley.Henzel@dot.state.fl.us.

 

A Historic Resources Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Alternatives Workshop. This meeting was rescheduled due to hurricane Irma. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information to residents, local public officials, and interested persons and organizations relative to the process and schedule for identifying and evaluating historic resources, determining significant historic properties, and eventually evaluating potential impacts to significant historic properties.

 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in this informational meeting, or persons who require translation services (free of charge) are asked to notify the agency at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting by contacting: Chris Speese, at Christopher.Speese@dot.state.fl.us, (800) 226-7220 or (813) 975-6405.

 

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.

 

We hope you can make it and we would appreciate it if you could please share the attached information with your constituents to encourage participation.

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