Tampa Bay Next

Hillsborough County's transportation planning board on Tuesday approved a plan that would widen the clogged approaches to Tampa coming off the Howard Frankland Bridge. It could start as early as next year.

Florida Department of Transportation

On Thursday, the Florida Department of Transportation will present a plan to Tampa City Council that would add express toll lanes to Interstate 4, Interstate 75 and Interstate 275.

It's called the Tampa Bay Express.

By Ben Ostrowsky via Wikimedia Commons

Tampa city council members learned Thursday they can not sue the state for its planned widening of Interstate 275. 


Council members wanted to know if they could sue to stop the Florida Department of Transportation from adding an express lane through Tampa Heights.

 Tampa City attorney Sal Territo said only people can sue, not another governmental body.

Making Sense of the I-275 Crash Video

Feb 17, 2014

It was a tragic, horrific car crash on I-275 in Tampa.  A driver was going south in the northbound lanes on an early Sunday morning.

He ran head-on into a car carrying four University of South Florida students.

The fiery crash killed all five. Photo

The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the driver who went the wrong way down an interstate and killed five people, including himself.

Officials say 28-year-old Daniel Lee Morris was behind the wheel of a Ford Expedition and drove the wrong way down Interstate 275 in Tampa early Sunday morning.

If you think commuting on I-275 through Tampa is bad, you ain't seen nothing yet.

That's because the entire Interstate will be closed tonight on the Tampa side of the Howard Frankland Bridge from 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. It's to allow construction workers to remove an overhead sign that spans both sides of the highway. It's part of the reconstruction of I-275 that will be going on through 2016.

Here's the release from the state Department of Transportation:

Florida Highway Patrol

It happened shortly after 11 a.m. A semi-truck hauling sand had a mechanical failure, crashing into a car and the center barrier, closing down several lanes of I-275 for more than two hours just west of downtown Tampa, according to a media release from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).

The tractor trailer was in the middle lane on southbound I-275 near the Westshore exit when a problem developed in its steer axles, causing the driver to lose control.