|Work Type||New Tolled Roadway|
|Project Start||August 21, 2017|
|Construction Cost||$595 million|
|Contractor||Archer Western - de Moya Joint Venture|
The Gateway Expressway project is constructing two new 2-lane elevated tolled roadways that will provide direct connections between US 19 and I-275, and 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. Please note: the permanent closure of the southbound US 19 ramp to Bryan Dairy Road/118th Avenue North occurred on August 25, 2021.
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 a toll lane in each direction along the median next to the existing lanes from south of Gandy Boulevard to 4th Street North.
Other 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 North from US 19 to 31st Court North.
- Repairing or rebuilding sections of existing US 19 and 118th Avenue North 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.
Removal of the 4th Street overpass at I-275 in St. Petersburg - YouTube
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.
- There are no lane closures at this time.