Nov 5, 2021 - News
Malfunction Junction gets a facelift
I-275 Capacity Improvements from north of I-4 to Hillsborough Ave.
Interstate 275 will get capacity improvements from north of I-4 to Hillsborough Ave. Photo: FDOT Tampa Bay

Here comes more construction as Tampa's Malfunction Junction gets an upgrade.

FDOT has started an $85 million project to add one lane in each direction on Interstate 275 from the I-4 interchange to West Hannah Avenue, half a mile north of Hillsborough Avenue

What's new: Noise-barrier walls will be built along most of the corridor — through Tampa Heights, V.M. Ybor, Ybor Heights and Seminole Heights.

  • Underpasses will be improved with wider sidewalks and bright underdeck lighting at Floribraska, Lake, MLK, Chelsea, Osborne and Hillsborough.
  • Perhaps the most important traffic flow upgrade will be the removal of the hump on the 1-4 ramp off I-275 southbound, which causes daily backups.

What to expect: Some lanes will close between 9 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., and an occasional off-ramp will close at night. Check here for closures. Construction is expected to finish in early 2026.

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