Gateway Expressway is nearing completion and transforming Tampa Bay traffic
After years of anticipation and numerous delays, the Gateway Expressway is finally on the brink of opening. Set for early 2024, this major project promises to significantly reshape the traffic flow in the Tampa Bay area. For too long, drivers on Interstate 275 have navigated a gauntlet of construction projects. But now, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
The Much-Awaited Gateway Expressway
The Gateway Expressway, a project costing nearly $600 million, is more than just a road. It’s a symbol of growth and development in Tampa Bay. This project will introduce two elevated toll roads, enhancing connectivity between the interstate, U.S. 19, and the Bayside Bridge. Initially promised for completion by late 2021, the project faced setbacks but is now on track for a grand opening in early 2024, with complete finish expected by spring.
Other Projects Alongside
While the Gateway Expressway steals the limelight, other significant projects are underway. The Howard Frankland Bridge’s $865 million transformation is progressing smoothly, with a new eight-lane span set to open by late 2024. This span includes lanes for general use, express lanes, and even a path for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Beyond these, plans are afoot for more express lanes along I-275, promising smoother rides from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to the Howard Frankland. These projects, part of a $4 billion state initiative, are expected to begin as early as 2025.