Potential major shift in the way I-275 serves Tampa Bay

You are invited to attend and participate in the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven, public hearing for a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study of I-275 (SR 93) from south of 54th Avenue South to north of 4th Street North in Pinellas County, Florida. This public hearing is being held to allow interested persons the opportunity to provide comments concerning the location, conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements. The 16.3-mile study evaluates the need for operational improvements and congestion management for the corridor.

The public hearing will be:

Date:               Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Time:              5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location:        First Baptist Church – Heritage Hall

1900 Gandy Boulevard N.

St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Department representatives will be available at the public hearing beginning at 5:30 p.m. to answer questions and discuss the project informally. Draft project documents and other project related materials will be displayed and a PowerPoint presentation will run continuously during the open house. At 6:30 p.m., FDOT representatives will begin the formal portion of the hearing, which will provide an opportunity for attendees to make formal oral public comments. Following the formal portion of the hearing, the informal open house will resume and continue until 7:30 p.m. A court reporter will be available to receive comments in a one-on-one setting. Written comments can be submitted at the hearing, mailed to the FDOT (address below), or emailed to sara.hall@dot.state.fl.us or kirk.bogen@dot.state.fl.us. All comments must be postmarked or emailed by Friday, October 9, 2015.

Draft project documents will be available for public review from September 8, 2015 to October 9, 2015, at the following locations and on the project website, http://active.fdotd7studies.com/i275/54th-to-4th/.

FDOT – District 7

11201 N. McKinley Dr.

Tampa, FL 33612-6454

(800) 226-7220

St. Petersburg Public Library – North Branch

861 70th Ave. N.

St. Petersburg, FL 33702

(727) 893-7214

St. Petersburg Public Library – South Branch

2300 Roy Hanna Dr. S.

St. Petersburg, FL 33712

(727) 893-7244

If you have questions about the project or the scheduled hearing, please contact Sara Hall, Project Manager, at 813-975-6173sara.hall@dot.state.fl.us or Kirk Bogen, Environmental Management Engineer, at 813-975-6448kirk.bogen@dot.state.fl.us.