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Construction Work Begins on Platt Street Bridge in Downtown Tampa

Guests of St. Pete Times Forum Advised to Use Detours to Access Building

Monday, 10.03.2011 / 11:45 AM / Bolts Report
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Construction Work Begins on Platt Street Bridge in Downtown Tampa

TAMPA BAY – Due to the construction project being completed on the Platt Street Bridge in Downtown Tampa, the St. Pete Times Forum is advising all guests to use alternate routes of transportation to gain access into the arena until the conclusion of the project, estimated to be complete by the spring of 2012.

For the past several weeks, employees of the St. Pete Times Forum have been working diligently in conjunction with Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the arena’s own traffic engineer to develop the best possible transportation routes so that guests may access the building in a manner that is both convenient and in compliance with the county’s regulations. All guests of the St. Pete Times Forum are advised to view alternate routes and parking recommendations listed below select the best possible mode of travel.

Hillsborough County will make every effort to ensure the bridge is re-opened within the expected 105-day completion period, and has incorporated stringent requirements into its contract with the contractor to ensure compliance.  Also, additional intermittent lane closures will only be allowed from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

All guests traveling to the arena may direct any questions or concerns about this project to the Hillsborough County Public Works Department at (813) 272-5275.

FROM ST. PETERSBURG/SOUTH PINELLAS COUNTY

Preferred Route:
Take Gandy Boulevard north.  Proceed over the Gandy Bridge to the ramp of the Selmon Expressway (Toll/Tampa/Brandon).  Merge onto the eastbound Selmon Expressway (toll road).    Proceed east on the Selmon Expressway to exit 6A/6B. 



Parking Destinations:

  • South Regional Garage:
    Take exit 6B (Downtown East Exit).  Proceed to the terminus of the ramp at Channelside Drive.  Make a slight right turn onto Morgan Street.  Proceed to the garage entrance on your right.
  • Parking Area A (South of Selmon Expressway):
    Take exit 6B (Downtown East Exit).  Proceed to the terminus of the ramp at Channelside Drive.  Make a left turn onto Channelside Drive.  Turn left onto Nebraska Avenue; parking lots on your right.
  • Parking Area B (North of Selmon Expressway):
    Take exit 6A (Downtown West Exit).  Proceed around the ramp to Florida Avenue.  Parking lots on the right, north of Brorein Street.

Alternate Route:
Take I-275 north.  Proceed over the Howard Frankland Bridge.   Take exit 44 (Downtown East).  Stay to the left at the ramp fork.  Turn right at the first street; Tampa Street.  Proceed on Tampa Street to Jackson Street. Turn left on to Jackson Street.

Parking Destinations:
  • South Regional Garage:
    Turn right onto Morgan Street. Proceed south to the garage entrance on your right.
  • Parking Area A (South of Selmon Expressway):
    Turn right onto Morgan Street.  Turn left onto Channelside Drive. Turn left onto Nebraska Avenue; parking lots on your right.
  • Parking Area B (North of Selmon Expressway):
    Turn right onto Morgan Street.  Parking lots will be on your right.

FROM CITY OF CLEARWATER/NORTH PINELLAS COUNTY

Take SR 60 east.  Proceed over the Courtney Campbell Causeway to I-275 north (Tampa).  Take the exit onto I-275 north.   Take exit 44 (Downtown East).   Stay to the left at the fork in the ramp.  Turn right at the first street; Tampa Street.

  Parking Destinations:
  • South Regional Garage:
    Proceed straight at the intersection of Brorein Street and Tampa Street.  Turn right onto Frankland Street, then left onto Channelside Drive. Turn right onto Florida Avenue and then left into the garage.
  • Parking Area A (South of Selmon Expressway):
    Proceed on Tampa Street to Jackson Street.  Turn left onto Jackson Street.  Turn right onto Morgan Street.  Turn left onto Channelside Drive. Turn left onto Nebraska Avenue; parking lots on your right.
  • Parking Area B (North of Selmon Expressway):
    Proceed on Tampa Street to Jackson Street.  Turn left onto Jackson Street.  Turn right onto Morgan Street.  Parking lots will be on your right, just past Whiting Street.

FROM WEST PASCO COUNTY         

Take the Suncoast Parkway/Veteran’s Expressway (toll road) south.  Continue onto Memorial Highway (SR 589).  From Memorial Highway (SR 589), take exit onto I-275 north (Tampa).   Take exit 44 (Downtown East).   Stay to the left at the fork in the ramp.  Turn right at the first street; Tampa Street.  

Parking Destinations:  
  • South Regional Garage:
    Proceed straight at the intersection of Brorein Street and Tampa Street.  Turn right onto Frankland Street, then left onto Channelside Drive. Turn right onto Florida Avenue and then left into the garage.
  • Parking Area A (South of Selmon Expressway):
    Proceed on Tampa Street to Jackson Street. Turn left on to Jackson Street.  Turn right onto Morgan Street.  Turn left onto Channelside Drive. Turn left onto Nebraska Avenue; parking lots on your right.
  • Parking Area B (North of Selmon Expressway):
    Proceed on Tampa Street to Jackson Street. Turn left on to Jackson Street.  Turn right onto Morgan Street.  Parking lots will be on your right, just past Whiting Street.

FROM EAST PASCO COUNTY

Preferred Route:
Take I-75 south.  Merge onto I-275 south. Take exit 45A (Downtown East-West).  Continue on the Frontage Road.  Stay to the right of on ramp fork.  Take Downtown East/Jefferson Street.  Stay to the left at Scott Street (signal) and continue south following the 4-lane roadway.

Parking Destinations:

  • South Regional Garage:
    Turn right onto Kennedy Boulevard.  Turn left onto Morgan Street.  Proceed south to the garage entrance.
  • Parking Area A (South of Selmon Expressway):
    Turn right onto Kennedy Boulevard.  Turn left onto Morgan Street.  Turn left onto Channelside Drive. Turn left onto Jefferson Street; parking lots on your left and right.
  • Parking Area B (North of Selmon Expressway):
    Continue to East Whiting Street.  Stay straight or turn left into parking lots.

FROM PLANT CITY/LAKELAND

Take I-4 west.  Take exit 45A (Downtown).  Continue on the Frontage Road.  Stay to the right of on ramp fork.  Take Downtown East/Jefferson Street.  Stay to the left at Scott Street (signal) and continue south.

Parking Destinations:
  • South Regional Garage:
    Turn right onto Kennedy Boulevard.  Turn left onto Morgan Street.  Proceed south to the garage entrance.
  • Parking Area A (South of Selmon Expressway):
    Turn right onto Kennedy Boulevard.  Turn left onto Morgan Street.  Turn left onto Channelside Drive. Turn left onto Jefferson Street; parking lots on your left and right.
  • Parking Area B (North of Selmon Expressway):
    Continue to East Whiting Street.  Go straight or left into parking lots.

FROM SOUTH TAMPA                  

Preferred Route:
Take the Selmon Expressway (toll road) east.  Proceed east on the Selmon Expressway to exit 6A/6B.

Parking Destinations:

  • South Regional Garage:
    Take exit 6B (Downtown East Exit).  Proceed to the terminus of the ramp at Channelside Drive.  Make a slight right turn onto Morgan Street.  Proceed to the garage entrance on your right.
  • Parking Area A (South of Selmon Expressway):
    Take exit 6B (Downtown East Exit).  Proceed to the terminus of the ramp at Channelside Drive.  Make a left turn onto Channelside Drive.  Turn left onto Nebraska Avenue; parking lots on your right.
  • Parking Area B (North of Selmon Expressway):
    Take exit 6A (Downtown West Exit).  Proceed around the ramp to Florida Avenue.  Proceed to parking lots on the right, north of Brorein Street.

Alternative Route:
Take Kennedy Boulevard east. Turn right on Ashley Drive south. Take 1st left onto Jackson Street.

Parking Destinations:

  • South Regional Garage:
    Turn right onto Tampa Street.  Proceed straight at the intersection of Brorein Street and Tampa Street.  Turn right on Franklin Street, then left onto Channelside Drive.  Turn right onto Florida Avenue and left into garage.
  • Parking Area A (South of Selmon Expressway):
    Turn right onto Morgan Street.  Turn left onto Channelside Drive. Turn left onto Nebraska Avenue; parking lots on your right.
  • Parking Area B (North of Selmon Expressway):
    Turn right onto Morgan Street.  Parking lots will be on your left.

FROM BRANDON

Take the Selmon Expressway (toll road) west.   Take exit 8.  Proceed west on Kennedy Boulevard.

Parking Destinations:

  • South Regional Garage:
    Turn left onto Morgan Street.  Proceed south to the garage entrance.
  • Parking Area A (South of Selmon Expressway):
    Turn left onto Morgan Street.  Turn left onto Channelside Drive. Turn left onto Jefferson Street; parking lots on your left and right.
  • Parking Area B (North of Selmon Expressway):
    Turn left onto Pierce Street or Jefferson Street.  Parking lots will be on your right or left.
  • Alternative Parking Option:
    Take the Selmon Expressway (toll road) west.  Take exit 9 onto 22nd Street.  Turn left onto SR 60/Adamo Drive.  Turn left onto Channelside Drive.
  • Channelside Garage:
    Proceed south on Channelside Drive to the traffic circle.  Stay to the right in traffic circle and take 1st right: Cumberland Avenue.  Turn left on S. 12th Street and left into parking garage.