New aesthetics added to massive Howard Frankland Bridge construction project

Bridge overlook with boaters approaching


A massive construction project is set to transform the Howard Frankland Bridge linking Tampa and St. Petersburg. The Florida Department of Transportation is now seeking input on the new aesthetic features that will be visible to not just commuters, but boaters as well.

Construction is underway on the Howard Frankland Bridge replacement project. As part of feedback from the community, FDOT is constructing aesthetic features that will be visible to drivers, boaters and shared path users. These aesthetic features will be located along the overlooks and on each side of the bridge, welcoming you to both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. The map below shows the planned locations of the aesthetic features.

Map of a bridge over Old Tampa Bay

Transforming the way people travel over the Howard Frankland Bridge

This nautical theme is inspired by the surrounding waters in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Here’s what you have to choose from: 

Modern Marconi Sail
  • The modern Marconi sail, which embodies the energy and excitement from sailboats ‘rounding the mark’ in a regatta.
Classic Schooner Sail
  • The classic Schooner sail, which embodies the historic sailing ships and their lofty ‘flying jib’ sails.

Those interested can cast their vote online by clicking here. Voting officially closes on May 31.

 The Florida Department of Transportation project will ultimately be the largest bridge ever constructed in Florida. 

Creating a new three mile bridge

The new three-mile bridge will be built to the north of the current southbound interstate bridge. With BCC Engineering as the lead engineer, the project design will feature four southbound general purpose lanes, two southbound express lanes, two northbound express lanes, as well as a shared use path and accommodations for transportation via light rail system. 

The existing southbound bridge will be converted to the new northbound I-275. When complete, the current northbound bridge will be removed. Construction is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2020 with completion in 2026. 

The newly built connection will add capacity and mobility to account for future growth of the Tampa/St. Pete region and will allow for improved emergency management scenarios and hurricane evacuations. 

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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