Polk Transportation Organization was told the express toll lanes are the only means to relieve future congestion on Interstate 4 between Lakeland, Florida and Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Express project is part of a $6 billion project that will involve building on toll lanes in other areas around Tampa I-4 and I-75.
A feasibility study is scheduled to be finished this year, but there is no money budgeted in the current five-year plan for engineering or construction per Menna Yassin, the project manager at the Florida department of transportation.
The project is set to begin in 2020 and to add toll lanes is the ultimate widening project for the 50 year old highway within its existing right of way.
A similar task is under study on the section between Orlando and U.S. 27.
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