Construction has been underway along Gandy Boulevard and on Thursday, business owners will be updated on the massive Selmon Extension project.
People have been going back and forth for years about how businesses might be impacted. There is now no turning back as crews work to build the elevated toll expressway above Gandy Boulevard.
The project will give drivers between the Gandy Bridge and Dale Mabry Highway the option of taking the elevated extension or staying ground level on the road.
The extension will provide a direct path in both directions between South Tampa and Brandon.
There’ll be areas near the Gandy Bridge and Dale Mabry Highway where drivers can get on and off of the future extension.
Engineers say they’re making the expressway high enough to not block the view of any businesses.
Some business owners have pushed back over the years over worry about a potential drop in customers during and after construction.
“It remains to be seen. Hopefully it works like they think it’s going to work and things calm down a little bit traffic-wise. Almost too little too late sometimes, I think, with all the development around here,” said Bill Robinson, who has been a co-owner of Gandy Bait and Tackle for 30 years.
Engineers said the project is running on time and should wrap up during the fall of next year.
The informational meeting for business owners will happen Thursday at 2 p.m. It’ll take place at the Selmon Construction Office located at 4811 W. Gandy Blvd. Suite A.