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The Florida Department of Transportation held an industry forum Monday morning to discuss the new bridge that will replace the Howard Frankland.

They invited designers and contractors to learn about construction plans and opportunities, as well as community and environmental impacts.

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

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Hillsborough County's transportation planning board on Tuesday approved a plan that would widen the clogged approaches to Tampa coming off the Howard Frankland Bridge. It could start as early as next year.

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The state is tweaking its plan to replace the Howard Frankland Bridge.


The already congested Howard Frankland Bridge could soon be losing a lane. 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) wants to create an express lane on the bridge. To do this, they would add a toll on one of the existing lanes in each direction, leaving only three free lanes. Depending on the time of day, this toll could cost up to $6.00

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Authorities have identified a Leesburg family of three they say died after being hit by a drunk driver who catapulted their car into Tampa Bay.

Public Hearing: Howard Frankland Bridge Construction

Oct 7, 2013
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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.