Whiting PD&E Study

Project Description

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to evaluate the needs, costs, and effects of extending Whiting Street and Washington Street and reconfiguring the eastbound on-ramp of the Selmon Expressway at Jefferson Street and eastbound off-ramp at Florida Avenue and Channelside Drive. The study will consider extending Whiting Street and Washington Street to Meridian Avenue and include improvements to and re-alignment of the existing segment of Whiting Street from Jefferson Street to North Brush Street. The extension will provide a direct connection of Whiting Street to Meridian Avenue to improve traffic flow and safety for all transportation modes, increase capacity on the adjacent street network, and offer additional connections within the street network. The study area is shown in the map below.

Study Objective 

The Whiting Street PD&E will analyze the extension/new alignment of the Whiting Street corridor, extending to Meridian Avenue, including improvements and realignment of the existing portion of the Whiting Street corridor between Jefferson Street and Brush Street, as well as the extension of Washington Street from Nebraska Avenue to Meridian Avenue. The study also will analyze reconfiguring the eastbound on-ramp to the Selmon Expressway at Jefferson Street and the eastbound off-ramp at Florida Avenue, removing the off-ramp at Channelside Drive, and adding a new eastbound off-ramp to Whiting Street.

Study Area

The study area map shows the coverage area for the Whiting Street PD&E study. The study will also include research on the current state of all the roadways bridges in the highlighted area.

Project Background

The purpose of this project is to improve safety, accessibility and circulation along the Selmon Expressway and throughout to the downtown and Channel District. The extensions of Whiting and Washington Streets will provide capacity improvements while complementing the City’s street grid network. Significant development throughout the City and Channel District, alongside anticipated traffic demand on the Selmon Expressway, has further spurred the need to improve downtown accessibility and circulation options, as well as enhance the safety and traffic flow along the Selmon Expressway.

The extension of Whiting Street is a commitment from THEA to the City of Tampa related to the Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) project. Once ConAgra (Ardent Mills) vacates the property in the Channel District, CSX rail lines currently serving the flour mill will be removed to allow for the re-alignment and extension of Whiting Street.

The Whiting Street PD&E will be conducted in close coordination with the South Selmon PD&E and Selmon East PD&E to study capacity needs along the entire Selmon Expressway.

Why is the Study Needed?

Improve <br>Travel Times

Improve
Travel Times

Reduce <br>Congestion

Reduce
Congestion

Improve<br> Safety

Improve
Safety

Enhance Regional <br />East-West Mobility

Enhance Regional
East-West Mobility

Accommodate Increased <br />Traffic Demand

Accommodate Increased
Traffic Demand

Travel time reliability is important to our customers. We are looking at ways to reduce travel times during the morning and evening rush.
One of the primary goals of this study is to identify solutions to the frequent congestion at entry and exit points along the Selmon Expressway.
The Study will evaluate strategies to eliminate conflict points and reduce crashes.
Reduced congestion and improved safety coupled with the Selmon Extension Project will enhance east-west mobility for the region.
Hillsborough County’s population is projected to increase 38% by 2045.

Study Schedule

The Whiting PD&E study began in the third quarter of 2019 and is anticipated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021.