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New Tampa Opens Up New Bridge

It's not even a mile long, but the New Tampa Boulevard Bridge may go a long way toward relieving traffic congestion on Bruce B. Downs in New Tampa.  

The bridge crosses over Interstate 75 connecting Commerce Park Boulevard in the Tampa Palms community with New Tampa Boulevard in the West Meadows community- behind the Muvico Movie Theatre.

New Tampa Boulevard Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The $12.8 million bridge hasn't been welcomed by all. Opponents of the project since its beginning stages have been worried about pedestrian safety and unwanted traffic in otherwise quiet neighborhoods.

New Tampa resident, Walt Hall has lived in the area for 10 years. He says the bridge has been controversial but....

"I think this new bridge would be a great asset to the businesses and residential communities here in the New Tampa area so it's a historical moment."

Construction started in May 2011 and was completed 5 months ahead of schedule.

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