Your drive home might be a little faster today. Cars are traveling once again on the Selmon Extension. We got word early this morning that extension would be open for the evening rush hour. This was posted to the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority:
As previously reported, the Expressway Authority closed the Extension after a routine inspection revealed two horizontal wires that had come loose from its anchors. THEA’s team of engineers determined that the repair is a minor one and that it is safe for traffic to be on the structure. The Extension is designed to have maintenance and repairs done inside the roadway with live traffic overhead.
THEA plans to open the roadway after rush hour this morning to be ready for Thursday evening commuters. Crews will remove the barrels blockading the entrances and update the variable message boards to alert drivers that the Extension is open.
THEA would like to express its profound gratitude to the community for its patience. In an abundance of caution, we closed the Selmon Extension to conduct due diligence on what, thankfully, turned out to be a minor issue. We are committed to offering a safer, smarter, and more connected ride to our commuters on both sides of the Bay.