Tampa Council Backs Neighborhood Opposing I-275 Toll Lanes
After hearing from dozens of people from the neighborhood Thursday, council members unanimously agreed to try putting the brakes on the project, pledging to lobby state lawmakers, members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and state transportation officials. They also directed city attorneys to explore filing a Title VI complaint with the Federal Highway Administration, arguing that the project would harm a mainly minority population living in the area. Title VI prohibits discrimination in programs that receive federal funding.
TAMPA - State road planners want to accelerate a long-planned $2.5 billion project to add express toll lanes to Interstates 275 and 4 and bring an end to decades of gridlock through downtown Tampa. But people living in Tampa Heights say the Tampa Bay Express project will destroy homes and businesses and reverse years of gains in revitalizing the historic neighborhood just north of Tampa's downtown.