New signs point the way on the Selmon Greenway
The Selmon Greenway is fast becoming a jewel of Downtown Tampa and is expected to be an important transportation alternative for people living, working, and visiting downtown. It was designed and paved in 2014 with nearly $500,000 from the Expressway Authority and $1.9 million from a Tiger Grant the City of Tampa received for the Riverwalk. The paved trail runs east-west from the Brorein Street bridge to the Riverwalk and Meridian Trail to 19th Street in Ybor City… but it isn’t always an easy path to find, especially at the Kennedy connector. Without signage, not everyone knows that it exists and connects to a growing network of bikeways.
That is changing after the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) board voted to invest $2.5 million from expressway and parking tolls to upgrade the trail with signs, pocket parks, bike racks, landscaping and other amenities. Eventually lighting will also be added for both safety and visibility and benches and public art. To learn more about the this and other initiatives, view THEA’s 5-year Work Program.