UPDATE: The closure has been postponed to a yet-to-be-announced date due to a delay in receiving the necessary equipment.
If you’re planning to visit downtown St. Pete this weekend, you might want to find a new route because the Howard Frankland Bridge will close beginning Saturday, January 9 at 8pm. The closure will remain through Sunday, January 10 at noon.
Detours could add 30+ minutes to your commute, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
The FDOT suggests using the Courtney Campbell Causeway and the Gandy Bridge as alternative routes.
Make way for the Gateway Expressway Project
This is all for the Gateway Expressway Project.
The Gateway Expressway project will create two new 2-lane elevated tolled roadways that will provide direct connections between US 19 and I-275 and between the Bayside Bridge (north of 49th Street N) and I-275.
All tolls will be collected electronically using the SunPass prepaid toll program.
SR 690, a new 4-lane tolled expressway connection from US 19 to the west of I-275. The new roadway will be built in the median of existing 118th Avenue North. SR 690 will be elevated over portions of 118th Avenue North, 49th Street North, 47th Street North, 43rd Street North, 34th Street North, the ramp at 31st Court North, and 28th Street North.
Widening I-275 to add toll lanes
SR 686A, a new 4 lane elevated tolled expressway from the Bayside Bridge to just west of I-275. It will be primarily built in the median of Roosevelt Boulevard between the Bayside Bridge and Ulmerton Road. An interchange at Ulmerton Road will be built as part of this project. The new roadway will continue south through the old Sunshine Speedway property until it merges with SR 690.
Additionally, I-275 will be widened to add toll lanes in each direction along the median next to the existing lanes from south of Gandy Boulevard to 4th Street North.