More Construction Ahead: Road widening expansion to begin on the Veterans Expressway

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Tampa, Florida -- As if the construction on Interstate 275, I-75 and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway weren't enough, now a four-year-long project to widen the Veterans Expressway from four to eight lanes is beginning.

The Florida Department of Transportation says the project will cost about $386 million. Officials say the road, which opened in 1994, is overcapacity with an estimated 150,000 vehicles using the Veterans each day.

The Veterans project will be done in phases and should be completed in 2016. The work will be done along an 11-mile stretch of the Veterans between Memorial and Van Dyke.

FDOT Spokesperson Christa Deason says work will be done both during the day and also overnight.

"Most lane closures will be done at nighttime and there may be some detours overnight, when we're setting bridge beams," Deason warned.

Toll booths along the Veterans will also be replaced with an electronic tolling system similar to what's on the Selmon Expressway, as part of the project.

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