News, Jazz, NPR
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Health News Florida

State To Spend $800 Million On Howard Frankland Bridge

howard_frankland_bridge_apalapala_wikimedia_2015.jpg
Apalapala
/
Wikimedia Commons
The Howard Frankland Bridge across Tampa Bay, as seen driving northbound during a traffic jam at rush hour.

Florida is preparing to pay nearly a billion dollars to build a new bridge connecting Tampa and St. Petersburg.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the state expects to pay $814 million for a new eight-lane Howard Frankland Bridge that will be used as a partial expansion of the old one.

The three-mile bridge will include four southbound lanes from Tampa to St. Petersburg, two express toll lanes in each direction and a bike and pedestrian trail. The four current southbound lanes will be flipped and will now go northbound from St. Petersburg to Tampa.

The contract will be bid later this year. Construction is scheduled to start in 2020 with the bridge opening in 2024.

WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online at WUSF.org/ways-to-support.