Howard Frankland Bridge to temporarily close this weekend

Photo of sunset on the Howard Frankland Bridge

All I-275 travel lanes on the Howard Frankland Bridge will close from 8 p.m. Saturday, January 16 to noon Sunday, January 17, weather permitting, according to a release from the City of Tampa.

Electronic message boards and temporary signage will assist I-275 northbound and southbound motorists traveling around this closure via the posted detour route using Roosevelt Boulevard, Gandy Boulevard, and Dale Mabry Highway.  

Detours could add 30+ minutes to your commute

Other roadways (Roosevelt Boulevard, Bayside Bridge, Courtney Campbell Causeway, and Memorial Highway) will remain accessible and may provide an alternate route if needed. 

Motorists should add approximately 30 minutes of travel time as traffic congestion and delays may occur while traveling on these roadways during this closure.

This closure is necessary for crews to remove the 4th Street North (SR 687) bridge over I-275 as part of the Gateway Expressway project.

For more information on this project, please visit: FDOTtampabay.com

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.

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