Imagine traveling from BBD at SR 56 all the way to US 19 without stopping for one red light. Sounds like heaven, right? Well, right now heaven has an estimated construction cost of $2 billion and an estimated toll for that 28 mile heavenly trip ranges from $4.00-$5.00. Additionally, between 67,800 and 86,000 trips per day are anticipated on this privately funded elevated SR 54/56 expressway which includes a third phase extending it to US 301 in Zephyrhills. The Tampa Tribune reports that as many as eight park and ride lots at key interchanges are envisioned. All this from an unsolicited bid recently submitted to the FDOT. The Tampa Tribune adds that the construction company is PCL — the same firm that built Tampa’s elevated Lee Roy Selmon Expressway and is building the I-4 connector between the interstate and Port of Tampa.
Stay tuned. Last week, the FDOT advertised a formal Request For Proposals (RFP) to see if any other firms can meet or beat this unsolicited proposal and those are due Oct. 23.