ASPIRE is a quarterly magazine published by PCI in cooperation with the associations of the National Concrete Bridge Council. The editorial content focuses on the latest technology and key issues in the Concrete Bridge Industry.
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The Interstate 4 (I-4)/Selmon Expressway Connector project located in Tampa, Fla., connects two major east-west, limited-access corridors in a major Florida city. Though not originally part of the Tampa Interstate Study master plan that began in 1987, the connector was later added to the plan and ultimately advertised for construction on June 8, 2009. Construction began on March 1, 2010. Traffic is expected to begin using the facility by the end of 2013 and the project should conclude by the spring of 2014. When it opens to traffic, the connector will provide a vital transportation link between the Selmon Expressway (a tolled facility) and I-4. It will also feature a direct I-4 connection to and from the Port of Tampa. Truck-only lanes are an important component of the project, which will remove through-truck traffic from local roadways in the Ybor City area—one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida—within the city of Tampa. This direct cargo link will be one of the first of its kind in the United States and will serve to route commercial traffic and hazardous cargo away from the Ybor historic district. This project is primarily a viaduct connection between I-4 to the north and the Selmon Expressway to the south, including complex interchanges at both of these highways. It spans multiple local streets, State Road 60, and railroad tracks and spurs critical to commerce and the Port of Tampa. The connector includes a series of separate ramps created to improve the regional movement of traffic throughout the Tampa Bay area. The project completes an important regional link in the Tampa interstate system by providing an alternative route for commuters, improving the ability to evacuate in advance of hurricanes, and by aiding emergency response providers. profile I-4/SELMON ExPRESSWAy CONNECTOR / TAMPA, FLORIDA BRIDGE DESIGN ENGINEER (NoRTh INTERChANGE): Parsons Brinkerhoff, Tampa, Fla. BRIDGE DESIGN ENGINEER (SouTh INTERChANGE): Atkins North America, Tampa, Fla. SuBCoNSulTANT: FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc., Tallahassee, Fla. PRIME CoNTRACToR: PCL/Archer Western, a Joint Venture, Tampa, Fla. CoNSTRuCTIoN ENGINEER: Corven Engineering, Tallahassee, Fla. CIvIl ENGINEER: Cardno TBE, Clearwater, Fla. CoNCRETE SuPPlIER: CEMEX, Tampa, Fla. PRECASTER: Standard Concrete Products, Tampa, Fla., a PCI-certified producer, and Mack Industries, Astatula, Fla. PoST-TENSIoNING SuPPlIER: VSL, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Rendering of the project that shows the completed Interstate 4/Selmon Expressway connector drawn into its location within an actual aerial photo. All photos: Florida Department of Transportation. by Thomas A. Andres and Richard W. Frank, Florida Department of Transportation, and John McShaffrey, AECOM Major project in Tampa, Fla., uses a variety of segmental construction methods Connecting Interstate 4 and the Selmon Expressway 14 | ASPIRE , Fall 2013 P R O J E C T Book_Fall13ASPIRE.indb 14 9/6/13 12:05 PM