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Project Details
Work Type New Tolled Roadway
Phase Construction
Project Start August 21, 2017
City
County
Road
Construction Cost $596 million
Estimated Completion Late 2022
Contractor Archer Western - de Moya Joint Venture
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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.

Construction is underway in most of the project area and will be more widespread as additional final designs plans are approved.

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.


Lane Closure Hours

US 19: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

118th Avenue (CR 296): 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

49th Street North at 118th Avenue North: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

I-275: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Roosevelt Boulevard (SR 686): 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Bayside Bridge at Roosevelt Boulevard: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

Ulmerton Road (SR 688): 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

* Lane closures and detours will not be allowed on Ulmerton Road and 118th Avenue North at the same time, in the same direction.

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
  • Closures for Monday, September 16 through Saturday, September 21

    I-275 from 4th Street (Exit 32) to south of Gandy Boulevard (Exit 28)
    Southbound lane closures: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    *On nights of Tampa Bay Rays’ home games, lane closures will begin two hours after the event ends.

    I-275 northbound Exit 30 ramp to westbound SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) and westbound CR 296 (118th Avenue)
    Lane closures: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    *On nights of Tampa Bay Rays’ home games, lane closures will begin two hours after the event ends.
     
    US 19 Frontage Roads from 110th Avenue N. to 126th Avenue N.
    Lane closures: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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

    SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) entrance ramp to the Bayside Bridge
    Lane closures: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) from 28th Street N. to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N.
    Lane closures: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    CR 611 / 49th Street from 145th Avenue to Bayside Bridge
    Lane closures: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    118th Avenue North from US 19 to 34th Street North
    Lane closures: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Project Files
Project Images
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