|Work Type||New Tolled Roadway|
|Project Start||August 21, 2017|
|Construction Cost||$594.7 million|
|Estimated Completion||Early 2023|
|Contractor||Archer Western - de Moya Joint Venture|
The Gateway Expressway project will create two new 2-lane elevated tolled roadways that will provide direct connections between US 19 and I-275 and between the Bayside Bridge (north of 49th Street N) and I-275.
SR 690, a new 4-lane tolled expressway connection from US 19 to the west of I-275. The new roadway will be built in the median of existing 118th Avenue North. 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.
SR 686A, a new 4 lane elevated tolled expressway from the Bayside Bridge to just west of I-275. It will be primarily built in the median of Roosevelt Boulevard between the Bayside Bridge and Ulmerton Road. An interchange at Ulmerton Road will be built as part of this project. The new roadway will continue south through the old Sunshine Speedway property until it merges with SR 690.
Additionally, I-275 will be widened to add toll lanes in each direction along the median next to the existing lanes from south of Gandy Boulevard to 4th Street North.
Additional improvements include:
- Rebuilding 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.
- Repaving 118th Avenue N from US 19 to 31st Court North.
- Repairing or rebuilding sections of existing US 19 and 118th Avenue N including new ramps and bridges.
- Repaving the eastbound off-ramp from SR 690 to southbound I-275.
Work located in front of the St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) Airport includes:
- Building a new airport access road parallel to Roosevelt Blvd, new airport ponds, new signalized intersection at Terminal Boulevard, and a permanent connection at Fairchild Drive.
View a video of the Gateway Expressway
All tolls will be collected electronically using the SunPass prepaid 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.
Southbound I-275 Exit to 4th Street N Closed Until Late 2021
The southbound I-275 ramp (Exit 32) to 4th Street North (SR 687) closed on Saturday, January 16, and will remain closed until late 2021. This closure is necessary for the construction of a new overpass and exit ramp at the same location.
Detour route: Motorists will detour around this closure using Exit 30, turning left, and continuing onto Roosevelt Boulevard (SR 686) towards 4th Street North (SR 687).
Detour sign and electronic message boards shall remain in place to assist motorists traveling through this area. Motorists may anticipate heavier volumes of traffic on nearby roads during this closure.
These construction activities are associated with the Gateway Expressway project.