TAMPA BAY, FL – The Florida Department of Transportation is asking the community to participate in choosing a design for the Howard Frankland Bridge by voting for their preferred “sail” design.
The Howard Frankland Bridge replacement project is currently under construction.
The sails will be located along the four scenic vantage points on the new deck. Voting will begin on Monday May 17 and continue until May 31. It will include two options: the “Marconi Sail” and the “Schooner Sail”. Both models are inspired by the boating of the surrounding waters of Tampa Bay.
The community can vote here.
The new design aims to improve emergency response times, provide more efficient hurricane evacuation routes, improve express bus service operations, and provide future transit options such as light rail. and autonomous vehicles.
The project includes the replacement of the existing northbound bridge (1959). The new bridge will have four multi-use lanes and two express toll lanes in each direction. In addition, a 12 foot common use bicycle / walking path that will be separated from the roadway will be connected to the trails on either side of the bridge.
In order to enable transit in the future, part of the new bridge will be designed and built to carry heavier loads that will meet the weight requirements of a light rail transportation system. If LRT was approved, then the existing southbound bridge (1991) would be widened and traffic lanes would be moved to the widened bridge.
Construction of the Howard Frankland Bridge replacement project is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.
For more information on the project, click on here.