Article by: Janelle Irwin

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The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Board of Directors on Monday approved a design-build contract worth $230 million to begin work on a two-mile toll lane running between Dale Mabry Boulevard to the Gandy Bridge along Gandy Boulevard.

The bid for the Selmon Extension was awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. and AECOM. Once completed, the extension will give commuters an option to use Gandy Boulevard for local trips or the toll lanes to bypass traffic signals through the corridor.

The Selmon Extension is slated to provide a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Dale Mabry Highway or the Gandy Bridge.

“Local residents, Gandy businesses and commuters are important to us. In an effort to minimize construction impacts, we will work to ensure that the project is completed within THEA’s approved timeline,” said THEA Executive Director Joe Waggoner in a statement.

The board considered proposals from four teams and weighed factors like design, construction, completion time frame, lane and road closures and price to score the teams.

“The Kiewit and AECOM proposal depicted a signature bridge, one that will further promote the Tampa Bay area as an exciting place to live, work, and play,” said Vince Cassidy, THEA board chair, in the release.

Construction of the Selmon West Extension is expected to begin early next year with the extension opening in late 2020.