As major roadway infrastructure projects unfold in the Tampa Bay Area, motorists can expect detours, lane shifting and closures and increased travel times in more heavily traveled corridors through 2026. Stay informed about these two major projects via the links below.
But First, a Trivia Break: The original Howard Frankland Bridge (current day northbound span) was opened to traffic in April 1960, consisting of two northbound and two southbound lanes. Accidents were common on the bridge due primarily to the insufficient cement barrier separating northbound and southbound traffic. The design flaw was even noted in a 1960s ‘60 Minutes’ segment. In 1992, a new southbound span was opened to traffic; the older span was closed and rehabilitated, reopening in 1992.
Visit these two official FDOT resources for more details about what the future holds to improve traffic flow within Pinellas County and the 1-275/Howard Frankland Bridge corridor.
GATEWAY EXPRESS PROJECT
HOWARD FRANKLAND BRIDGE PROJECT