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Project Details
Work Type New Tolled Roadway
Phase Construction
Project Start August 21, 2017
City
County
Road
Construction Cost $598 million
Estimated Completion Late 2022
Contractor Archer Western - de Moya Joint Venture
About

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The Gateway Expressway project will create two new 4-lane elevated tolled roadways that will provide direct connections - with no intersections - between US 19 and I-275 and between the Bayside Bridge (north of 49th Street N) and I-275.

Also, I-275 will be widened to add one toll lane in each direction next to the existing freeway lanes from south of Gandy Boulevard to 4th Street North.

The project is made up of two components:
1) Construction of the Gateway Expressway
2) Widening of I-275 to create express tolled lanes.

This project is a design-build project, which means that an overall concept of the design was put out to bid with many design requirements specified in a Request for Proposals. The successful contractor was chosen from a number of qualified firms bidding on the contract based on a design that met the requirements and is the most economical to construct. The contracting team that has been selected has now begun the final design (with its own or contracted licensed engineers) under the same contract time that includes the construction. This allows the contractor to begin working on specific items of work as portions of the design are completed and approved.

The design-build method gets projects to construction sooner than the traditional design-bid-build contracting where all of the final design is completed before the project is advertised for contractors to bid on the construction contract.

Overall, the Gateway Expressway project will change the existing roadway system in order to enhance safety, add capacity and improve mobility. The project will:

  • Construct SR 690, a new 4-lane tolled expressway connection from US 19 to west of I-275. This segment of roadway will generally be located in the median of existing 118th Avenue North (CR 296) and includes flyover bridges connecting to mainline US 19, structures over crossroads and sensitive lands, viaducts over surface roads, ramps, and widening and rehabilitation of existing structures that will remain. SR 690 will be elevated over portions of 118th Avenue North, 49th Street North, 47th Street North, 43rd Street North, 34th Street North, the ramp at 31st Court North and 28th Street North. The tolling will be "static" - meaning the cost will remain the same at all hours.
  • Construct SR 686A, a new 4 lane elevated tolled (static) expressway from the Bayside Bridge (CR 611) to just west of I-275. SR 686A will generally be constructed within the median of SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) from the Bayside Bridge to SR 688 (Ulmerton Road), with a new interchange at SR 688, then will continue south along a new alignment through the old Sunshine Speedway property until it merges with SR 690 via flyover bridges and continue east toward I-275.
  • Reconstruct existing Roosevelt Boulevard from the Bayside Bridge to Ulmerton Road as generally two one-way surface roads including a new access configuration and roads for the St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) Airport terminal.
  • Resurface 118th Avenue North pavement, from US 19 to 31st Court North.
  • Reconstruct/widen/rehabilitate sections of existing US 19 and 118th Avenue North, including new ramps and flyover structures.
  • Mill and resurface the entire eastbound off ramp from SR 690 to southbound I-275.
  • Include various improvements to interchanges, intersections, and ramps within the project limits.

Work located in front of the St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) Airport includes:

  • Construct a new airport access road parallel to SR 686.
  • Construct new airport ponds.
  • Furnish and install a complete lighting system in the airport right of way to illuminate the new airport access road.
  • Construct a new signalized intersection at Terminal Boulevard.
  • Construct a permanent roadway connection at Fairchild Drive north of the existing signal at Airport Parkway from Westbound SR 686.

The project component (FPID 424501-2) along I-275 includes the design and construction of tolled express lanes in each direction from south of Gandy Boulevard to north of 4th Street North. The tolling will be "dynamic" - meaning the cost will vary throughout the day based on traffic demand.

View a video of the Gateway Expressway


Tolls
All tolls will be collected electronically using the SunPass pre-paid toll program.

SR 690 and SR 686A Tolls
Tolling will be "static." This means the cost will remain the same at all hours of every day.

I-275 Express Lanes
Tolling will be "dynamic." Express lanes are dynamically priced to maintain steady traffic flow in the lanes.  Prices change based on the amount of traffic in the express lanes. With dynamic pricing, prices increase as the express lanes become more congested and decrease as congestion goes down. Dynamic pricing is designed to provide more predictable travel times, particularly during peak travel periods.

View Factsheet
Contact Information
Construction Manager
Melissa Chin
813-975-3573
Melissa.Chin@dot.state.fl.us
Media Contact
John McShaffrey, APR
813-975-6930
john.mcshaffrey@dot.state.fl.us
Lane Closures
  • Lane closures for Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11

    I-275 at the Roosevelt Boulevard Interchange (Exit 30)
    Intermittent lane closures: 24 hours per day

    US 19 Frontage Roads from 110th Avenue N. to 126th Avenue N.
    Day lane closures (southbound only): 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Night lane closures: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) entrance ramp to the Bayside Bridge
    Lane closures: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) from SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) to 49th Street N.
    Day lane closures: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Night lane closures: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) from 28th Street N. to 16th Street N.
    Day lane closures: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Night lane closures: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) from 34th Street to 49th Street N.
    Lane closures/traffic shifts/temporary stops: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    CR 296/118th Avenue North from US 19 to 28th Street North
    Lane closures: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    CR 296/118th Avenue North from 31st Street N. to 49th Street N.
    Single lane traffic/traffic shifts: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    CR 611 / 49th Street from 145th Avenue to Bayside Bridge
    Lane closures: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Project Files
Project Images
Day work on bridge girders that were installed at night over Ulmerton Road (March 2020 photo)
Bridge girders installed at the Roosevelt Boulevard and Ulmerton Road intersection (March 2020 photo)
A worker tightens bolts on a 71/2 foot high steel girder (Feb. 2020 photo)
Very large steel girders are installed over Ulmerton Road at Roosevelt Boulevard (Feb. 2020 photo)
A pair of large steel girders are lifted into place over Ulmerton Road (Feb. 2020 photo)
Workers in lifts install bracing and tighten bolts on girders installed over Ulmerton Road (Feb. 2020 photo)
A large steel girder is being lifted into place during construction of a Gateway Expressway bridge over Ulmerton Road (Feb. 2020 photo)
Large columns are being constructed for a Gateway Expressway bridge in the median of 118th Ave. N. (March 2020 photo)
Concrete is being placed in large forms to make the pier caps for a Gateway Expressway bridge in the median of 118th Ave. N. (March 2020 photo)
Southbound US 19 frontage road is being realigned for the Gateway Expressway bridges that will connect US 19 with I-275 (2/3/20 photo)
Columns for flyover bridges have been built at US 19 and Bryan Dairy Road (2/3/20 photo)
Bridge construction on the west side of US 19, just north of Bryan Dairy Road (2/3/20 photo)
New bridge and road construction for a future realignment of the southbound US 19 frontage road approaching Bryan Dairy Road (2/3/20 photo)
Bridges have been built over 126th Avenue. to the top of the 2/3/20 photo is the air control tower at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.
The Gateway Expressway corridor is taking shape between 43rd Street and Ulmerton Road (2/3/20 photo)
Bridges under construction between 43rd Street and 118th Avenue (2/3/20 photo)
Bridge, roadway, and pond construction near 43rd Street N. (2/3/20 photo)
Workers finish concrete under the Gateway Expressway bridges over 126th Avenue (2/3/20 photo)
Looking north at the Gateway Expressway corridor between 126th Avenue and Ulmerton Road (2/3/20 photo)
Building the base for new pavement
Building a bridge column at 118th Avenue on the east side of US 19
Realigning Roosevelt Boulevard near St. Pete-Clearwater Airport in preparation for construction of the Gateway Expressway in the median of the corridor
Girders are set for one of the new Gateway Expressway bridges
Concrete is placed into a new bridge pier column.
Crews install large drainage pipes along 118th Avenue east of US 19.
Piers for the flyover bridge at US 19 and Bryan Dairy Road
Work continues to realign Roosevelt Blvd. near St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) Airport.
Detour map for detouring traffic off and back on northbound I-275 at SR 686
Detour map for diverting southbound I-275 off at SR 686
Detour map for closure of southbound I-275 Exit 30 to Roosevelt Boulevard (SR 686) and 118th Avenue (Cr 296)
Work along the Roosevelt Boulevard (SR 686) corridor next to St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) Airport (June 2019 photo).
The Gateway Expressway corridor is taking shape between Ulmerton Road (top of photo) and 126th Avenue N. in this June 2019 photo.
Bridge foundations are being constructed on the west side of US 19 at Bryan Dairy Road. (June 2019 photo).
Bridge foundation work is taking place for the Gateway Expressway in the median of 118th Avenue N. (CR 296) west of  I-275 (June 2019 photo).
Looking southwest at the I-275/Roosevelt Boulevard/118th Avenue N. interchange, you can see noise barrier construction on each side of I-275 in this June 2019 photo.
Bridge foundation work in the median of 118th Avenue N. (CR 296) between I-275 and US 19 (June 5, 2019 photo).
Construction is active along the Roosevelt Boulevard (SR 686) corridor next to St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) Airport. [November 2018 photo]
Bridge construction is underway for the section of the Gateway Expressway between Ulmerton Road and 118th Avenue N. (next to the Showtime Speedway). [November 2018 photo]
Looking northwest at the US 19 corridor, just north of 118th Avenue N. / Bryan Dairy Road. Construction related to the Gateway Expressway is active on both sides of US 19. [November 2018 photo]
Gateway Expressway construction at the intersection of Bayside Bridge/49th Street N. and Roosevelt Boulevard/SR 686. [November 2018 photo]
Construction in the median of 118th Avenue N. [November 2018 photo]
Work is underway at the intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and Bayside Bridge to construction bridges to connect to the new Gateway Expressway. [October 2018 photo.]
Much of the early construction focus of the Gateway Expressway is along the Roosevelt Boulevard corridor by  St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) Airport as shown in this October 2018 photo.
Work on the north-south portion of the Gateway Expressway between 118th Avenue N. and Ulmerton Road. [October 2018 photo.]
Gateway Expressway construction work at US 19 and Bryan Dairy Road / 118th Avenue N. [October 2018 photo.]
Design Concept of viaduct along 118th Avenue, showing bridge beam erection
Design Concept of US 19 and Gateway interchange at 118th Avenue
Design Concept near St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport
Design Concept over 43rd Avenue at 118th Avenue
Design Concept at I-275