The Crosstown Extension is a proposed limited-access facility which will extend easterly from I-75, where the Expressway currently terminates, to SR 60, east of Brandon, an unincorporated Hillsborough County, Florida. The total length of this extension will be approximately 8 miles.
Study Purpose and Need
The proposed extension of the Crosstown Expressway has been studied previously. The Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority (THCEA) conducted a location study for the Crosstown Extension in 1974. Due to public opposition to the project, the Authority decided not to continue planning and constructing the extension east of Interstate 75. Since then, the Crosstown Extension has been identified by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as a needed facility. The project is identified on the Tampa Urban Area MPO 2010 Transportation Plan. In a 1987 study, the Authority reviewed a westerly extension to the Gandy Bridge, a proposed connector to I-4 near Ybor City and an eastern extension. The Expressway Authority decided to proceed with this PD&E Study for the extension based on the 1987 study following a request from the MPO to conduct the study and a request from the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce. The MPO specifically requested the study include the area south of the Alafia River. During November 1989, following the October 28, 1989 public information meeting, the Authority increased the study area, in response to public comment, to also include the area north of SR 60 to the CSX railway.
The eastern extension of the Tampa South Crosstown Expressway is proposed for three purposes: (1) to serve inter-regional east-west traffic travelling through the Brandon area, including truck traffic, much of which is travelling to and from the Port of Tampa; (2) to serve east-west traffic within Brandon; and (3) to provide mobility between the Brandon residential community and the Tampa Central Business District, the Westshore Business District, MacDill Air Force Base and other regional employment centers, by way of access to the Crosstown Expressway and to I-75.