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Project Details
Phase Construction
Limits I-275 from east of the Howard Frankland Bridge to east of Lois Avenue
Project Start March 2019
Length 2.4 miles
City
County
Road
Construction Cost $31 Million
Estimated Completion Fall 2020
Contractor The Middlesex Corporation
About

Construction is underway on the I-275 corridor to improve operations of the I-275 / SR 60 interchange and I-275 from east of the Howard Frankland Bridge to Lois Avenue. These improvements are designed to provide congestion relief by adding lanes to I-275.

Here are the planned improvements:

  • Add a lane in both directions of I-275 between the exit ramps to SR 60 and the entrance ramps from SR 60
  • Add a lane to the northbound I-275 exit ramp to SR 60  
  • Remove the merge from the eastbound SR 60 loop ramp onto northbound I-275 by adding a lane onto I-275
  • Add a lane and noise wall barrier on northbound I-275 between West Shore Boulevard and Lois Avenue
  • Widen the ramp from SR 60 onto southbound I-275 

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 was selected is responsible for 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. Construction work was underway as of June 2019.

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Contact Information
Construction Manager
Tom Lay
813-975-3554
tom.lay@dot.state.fl.us
Media Contact
John McShaffrey, APR
813-975-6930
John.McShaffrey@dot.state.fl.us
Lane Closures
  • Eastbound SR 60 entrance ramp to northbound I-275 to be closed Sunday night

    Tampa, FL -- The eastbound SR 60 entrance ramp onto northbound I-275 will be closed from 9 p.m. Sunday, July 12 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 13, weather permitting.

    DETOUR for eastbound SR 60 onto northbound I-275: Traffic will travel past the closed entrance ramp and continue east on Kennedy Boulevard/SR 60 to Lois Avenue. At Lois Avenue, drivers will turn left and go north to the entrance ramp onto northbound I-275.

    Detour map

  • Northbound I-275 Exit 39 to SR 60 and Kennedy Boulevard to be closed two nights

    Tampa, FL -- The northbound I-275 Exit 39 ramp to eastbound and westbound SR 60 and Kennedy Boulevard will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday nights (July 14 and 15), weather permitting. [If needed, the closure could also occur Thursday night, July 16.]

    Detour to Westbound SR 60 / Tampa International Airport / Veterans Expressway: Continue past Exit 39 and use Exit 40B. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left and go north on Lois Avenue. After passing under I-275, turn left and use the entrance ramp onto southbound I-275. After entering southbound I-275, use Exit 39 to westbound SR 60.

    Detour to Kennedy Boulevard (SR 60): Continue past Exit 39 and use Exit 40B. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right and go south on Lois Avenue to Kennedy Boulevard (SR 60).

    Detour to West Shore Boulevard: Continue past Exit 39 and use Exit 40B. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right and go south on Lois Avenue to Kennedy Boulevard (SR 60). Turn right and go west to West Shore Boulevard.

    Detour Map

  • I-275 operational improvements from west of SR 60 (Exit 39) to Lois Avenue (Exit 40B)
    Lane closures: Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 12 through Friday, July 17 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • SR 60 under I-275 (part of I-275 operational improvement project)
    Night lane closures: Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 12 through Friday, July 17 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • CR 587 (West Shore Boulevard) at I-275 (part of I-275 operational improvement project)
    Night lane closures: Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 12 through Friday, July 17 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Project Files
Project Images
Map of detour route for closure of westbound SR 60 under I-275
Seawall work next to northbound I-275 coming off the Howard Frankland Bridge (July 2, 2020 photo)
Work between southbound I-275 and the eastbound SR 60 entrance ramp (July 2, 2020 photo)
Sod delivery for placement on the northbound I-275 slopes at SR 60 (July 2, 2020 photo)
Wall construction between the northbound I-275 travel lanes and the West Shore Blvd. entrance ramp (July 2, 2020 photo)
Guardrail installation along the northbound I-275 exit ramp to Lois Avenue (July 2, 2020 photo)
Guardrail installation along the northbound I-275 exit ramp to Lois Avenue (July 2, 2020 photo)
Detour for closure of eastbound SR 60 entrance ramp onto northbound I-275
Looking east at construction to widen each direction of I-275 on the causeway, just east of the Howard Frankland Bridge.  (May 14, 2020 photo)
Looking west at I-275 between Lois Avenue and West Shore Boulevard. Roadway widening is on the left side of the highway. (May 14, 2020 photo)
Looking west at the I-275 / West Shore Boulevard interchange. Bridge widening for northbound I-275 traffic is on the left side of the interstate. (May 14, 2020 photo)
Looking west on I-275 at SR 60. Towards the bottom left you can see bridge widening over SR 60 that will allow both lanes to enter northbound I-275 without the need to merge quickly (May 14, 2020 photo)
Looking west at I-275 towards the Howard Frankland Bridge. Northbound I-275 construction is towards the left. (May 14, 2020 photo)
Detour map for closure of southbound West Shore Boulevard at I-275
Detour map for closure of northbound -275 from SR 60 to Lois Avenue
Detour map for closure of northbound I-275 Exit 40B to Lois Ave.
Detour map for closure of northbound I-275 ramp to westbound SR 60
Detour map for closure of I-275 in both directions in the Westshore area
Detour map for closure of Northbound I-275 exit ramp to SR 60/Kennedy Blvd.
All beams have been installed for the widening of the northbound I-275 bridge over SR 60 (3/21/2020 photo)
Crews were busy in the early morning installing concrete beams at I-275 over SR 60 (3/21/2020 photo)
A beam is lowed into place by crane and guided by workers at I-275 over SR 60 (3/21/2020 photo)
A car on northbound I-275 passes by workers installing bridge beams over SR 60 (3/21/2020 photo)
Workers install a bridge beam at SR 60 next to northbound I-275 (3/21/2020 photo)
Workers guide a concrete beam into place where the northbound I-275 bridge is being widened over Sr 60 (3/21/2020 photo)
A crane lifts a concrete beam into place at SR 60 and I-275 (3/21/2020 photo)
A concrete beam is lifted by crane off a transport truck at SR 60 and I-275 (3/21/2020 photo)
Crews place a concrete beam over SR 60 where the northbound I-275 bridge is being widened (3/20/2020 photo)
Work on a pier for northbound I-275 bridge widening over SR 60
Workers prepare a pier for beams that will be set soon over SR 60 (3/16/20 photo)
Form work for a noise barrier wall along northbound I-275 (3/16/20 photo)
Workers place concrete between the West Shore Boulevard entrance ramp and the northbound I-275 lanes (3/16/20 photo)
Detour map for closure of northbound West Shore Blvd.
Detour map for full closure of SR 60 at I-275
Detour Map for Closure of I-275 in Westshore area
Widening work on northbound I-275 on the Tampa side of the Howard Frankland Bridge (2-18-20 photo)
A pier cap being is being formed at I-275 and West Shore Boulevard during the early morning on February 25, 2020.
A pier cap being is being formed at I-275 and West Shore Boulevard during the early morning on February 25, 2020.
Detour map for closure of northbound I-275 between SR 60 and Lois Avenue
Lowering a reinforcing steel cage into a drilled shaft prior to placing concrete in the shaft
Working on the seawall on the south side of I-275 east of the Howard Frankland Bridge
Workers install pipe in a trench box next to I-275
Workers tie steel for noise barrier wall
Workers tie steel for noise barrier wall
Workers prepare forms for noise barrier wall
Pile installation next to northbound I-275 at West Shore Boulevard
Detour map for closure of West Shore Blvd. ramps onto northbound I-275
Detour Map for around-the-clock closure of northbound West Shore Boulevard under I-275
Detour Map for closure of Northbound West Shore Boulevard under I-275
Detour Map for closure of West Shore Boulevard under I-275
Detour route for closure of eastbound SR 60 between Tampa International Airport and I-275
Demolition of interstate 275 bridge over Memorial Blvd.