TAMPA, Fla – We have a much better idea of the changes planned for the widening of I-275 as part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s Tampa Bay Next project.
Funding for the first phase of construction is now on the books and extends from Hanna Avenue to Tampa at the start of the I-4 interchange.
The first phase of construction widens I-275 one lane in each direction and widens the shoulder of the Hanna Freeway at the I-4 interchange.
Along this stretch, new 8- and 14-foot concrete noise barriers will also be installed to prevent traffic noise from disturbing nearby neighbors.
There will also be new lighting under the highway in several locations to improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians. You will also find new and improved lighting along the highway.
Additionally, drivers and pedestrians will see further changes to the street level of overpasses not only on Hillsborough Avenue, but also on Dr. MLK Jr. Boulevard and Osborne Avenue.
The sloping sidewalk you now see at the viaduct will be replaced with a smooth retaining wall. Public art will be installed after construction modifications.
Construction of the first phase is expected to start this summer. The Florida Department of Transportation expects it to be completed by the end of 2024.