If you're wondering if the nearly five-year, $77 million John's Pass Bridge project is nearly done, it is. But there is still plenty of work ahead before the mammoth project to replace the old bridge connecting Treasure Island to Madeira Beach is complete.
This will likely be good news to readers, including Peter DiCostanzo of St. Pete Beach, who is among many who have written in with questions about the bumpy state of the road.
DiCostanzo noted there are ledges that create "a rather abrupt bump in the road" at the transitions between the entrance and exit ramps of both spans. There is also a manhole cover that protrudes well above the surface of the pavement that is driving some motorists crazy.
Work that remains to be done includes adding the final layer of asphalt on the bridge approaches, which the state Department of Transportation says will be done toward the end of the project. Once the final layer of asphalt is in place, we can all look forward to smooth transitions.
No cash needed, but you still have to pay
The Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway will officially go cash-free this week, converting to an all-electronic toll system sometime Friday evening.
The 15-mile, limited-access highway is a heavily used commuter route to downtown Tampa, the West Shore business district and MacDill Air Force Base.
Starting Friday, SunPass users will save a quarter at each toll plaza. Motorists who do not have a SunPass can still drive on the expressway, they just need to be aware that they will receive a "drive now, pay later" bill in the mail. The toll plazas will photograph license plates and send a bill to the vehicle's registered owner, so parents, be sure you know how often your kids are borrowing the car and hitting the expressway. It can add up pretty fast.
Regular users of the expressway can set up a SunPass account and choose from several options online at sunpass.com or call toll-free, 1-888-865-5352. More information on the expressway is available at SelmonExpressway.com.
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