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Project Details
Work Type Rest Area replacement
Phase Construction
Limits I-75 NB Rest Area in Hillsborough County
Project Start June 13, 2019
Construction Cost $17.5 million
Estimated Completion Spring 2021
Contractor Pepper Contracting Services, Inc.

This project will replace the existing northbound I-75 rest area in Hillsborough County at mile marker 238.  This will include demolition of the existing structures and construction of new buildings, parking areas, dog parks, picnic pavilions, roadway and site lighting, and other improvements.

The facilities and parking areas closed on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 and are expected to remain closed until spring 2021.

Rest Areas Before and After
The rest area prior to the closed rest area is at mile marker 131. The rest area after the closed rest area is at mile marker 278.

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 is working on 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.

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Contact Information
Construction Manager
Anna Geismar
Media Contact
John McShaffrey
Lane Closures
  • Northbound I-75 Rest Area in Hillsborough County is Closed for Reconstruction

    The northbound I-75 rest area in southern Hillsborough County (at mile marker 238) is closed for demolition and reconstruction (closure began January 15, 2020). The rest area will be closed to the public until the new facilities are constructed.

    The closure includes the entire site. Motorists should plan on this rest area to be unavailable for any use (including parking and restrooms) until spring 2021. The next open rest area on northbound I-75 is located in Pasco County at mile marker 278, which is 40 miles to the north.


Project Images
The rest area closed for reconstruction on January 15, 2020
The rest area closed for reconstruction on January 15, 2020
Rest area before it was closed in January 2020