Blight to beauty underpass upgrades exciting Tampa. If you’ve ever walked under a highway overpass, you know that the space can be pretty bleak, just sidewalks and litter. But in Tampa, there’s a new trend of turning underpasses into something more interesting. At the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, for example, there’s a dog park where canines can play in the shade of the highway. Plans are in the works to add electric vehicle charging stations, and locals are hoping for more parks, trails, and public art projects in other underpasses.

In Miami, there’s already a 10-mile linear park and urban trail project called The Underline. In Tampa, there are plans to add a lane in each direction on the Selmon Expressway, which will involve significant makeovers for all the underpasses. The Bay-to-Bay underpass is slated for big improvements, including a dog park, pickleball courts, farmers market space, playground, and food truck events. The $225 million project is expected to be completed by fall 2028. Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Transportation is looking to enhance the underpasses on Interstate 275 in Tampa with public art and better lighting to create more of a community feel. TBT

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