FDOT Reveals Plans To Expand Howard Frankland Bridge

FDOT Reveals Plans To Expand Howard Frankland Bridge 

Posted: 12:24 pm Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

By Sam

We all know what a PAIN it is to travel between Tampa and St. Petersburg on the Howard Frankland, right? Lucky for us in the coming years that could change. Fox 13 reports that Monday FDOT unveiled plans for converting the bridge to an eight-lane highway with room for a future light rail!! How exciting is that?!

The northbound portion of the bride was built in 1960 and will be demolished. Then the current four-lane bridge going into St. Pete will replace it.  A new eight-lane bridge, that includes four lanes for general use and four express lanes, would be constructed for drivers heading to Pinellas County. The express lanes will be tolled, but the lighter traffic will be worth it for some drivers. Bike lines are also being discussed. If you want to give input on the project you A public hearing is scheduled for November 14 at the Westshore Marriott in Tampa at 5:30 p.m.

The project will take 4 years and begin in 2020.

Here the full story from Fox 13.