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Public Hearing: Howard Frankland Bridge Construction

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The northbound Howard Frankland Bridge's life span is coming to an end after being in service for more than 50 years. The Department of Transportation has replacement plans it's going to share with the public starting Tuesday.

FDOT spokeswoman Kris Carson says it is still looking for funding but expects to start construction in five years. The FDOT is also looking at some "premium" transit options.

"Could it be light rail, could it be rapid bus transit, express lanes, or manage lanes? Those are all being looked at," Carson said. "What we have to do is get Pinellas and Hillsborough County to agree on what technology they feel best works for the counties."

The first hearing is at the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority at 3201 Scherer Drive in St. Petersburg at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

The second hearing will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at Tampa Mariott Westshore, 1001 N. Westshore Blvd.

Transportation representatives will be available before and after the presentations that will include maps and project documents.

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