The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven has initiated a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study for I-275 in Hillsborough County. The study will evaluate I-275 from north of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (SR 574) (MLK Boulevard) to north of Bearss Avenue (SR 678/CR 582).
I-275 is a major north-south interstate that provides an important connection to the regional and statewide transportation network (such as I-4 and I-75) linking the Tampa Bay region to the remainder of the state and nation. I-275 is a Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) highway. The SIS is the state’s network of high priority facilities. The 9.57 miles of express toll lanes on I-275 from north of MLK Boulevard to north of Bearss Avenue in Hillsborough County are critical in order to maintain and improve access to major transportation facilities, as well as enhance mobility within the Tampa Bay area. I-275 is designated as a critical evacuation route in Florida. The need for interstate system improvements within Tampa Bay has been extensively documented in numerous studies, such as the Tampa Interstate Study (TIS), several PD&E studies, and the TBX Master Plan.
This study includes the Build Alternative of express toll lanes but also a do nothing, or No-Build Alternative. As part of the Build Alternative being considered, the express toll lanes on I-275 will:
- Reduce congestion on the existing lanes
- Provide a choice to the user to take a tolled option or stay in the existing lanes
- Provide reliable travel times
- Consistent with local and regional transportation plans