TAMPA — Authorities will reimburse the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority for revenue lost because a stretch of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway will be closed during the Republican National Convention.
The expressway, which carries about 50,000 vehicles on a typical August weekday, will be closed from Willow Avenue to 50th Street starting 12:30 a.m. Aug. 27 through 5 a.m. Aug. 31. The Selmon's reversible elevated lanes will remain open for traffic headed downtown and will operate as normal during the RNC.
Authorities have negotiated a $218,544 reimbursement for lost toll money because of the closure, said Sue Chrzan, an Expressway Authority spokeswoman.
"It's the RNC," Chrzan said. "It's the biggest event ever. And there's definitely bound to be some discomfort with that. But that's the way it is."