FDOT Plans For New Howard Frankland Bridge 

Posted: 6:43 pm Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

By Ann Kelly

Big changes are in store for the Howard Frankland Bridge. The Florida Department of Transportation announced plan to expand the southbound lanes from four to eight with two of those express lanes that will go in both direction along with a bike and pedestrian path. The northbound lanes will be torn down, and when the southbound lanes are finished traffic will be flipped over to that side. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020 at a cost of $750 million with a completion date 2024.

Florida blueberry farmer’s crops also took a hit thanks to Hurricane Irma. Area farmers may see up to twenty per cent of the crop lost. Frogmore Fresh Farm in Dade City had volunteers help with cleanup last weekend from the University of Florida.

The 49’er Flea Market is closing Nov. 30th. The valuable land it sits on was sold last month of $3.3 million. It will be the new home of a Harley Davidson dealership.

It’s the biggest game of the year, and it’s on prime time. The Buc’s Thursday night’s game against New England is sold out. As part of that game the team will honor the late Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer with induction into the Ring of Honor.

This came as a surprise to a lot of cyclists and runners. A portion of the Pinellas Trail has been closed for repairs to a pedestrian bridge. It spans Alt 19 at Orange St in Dunedin. It’s over 25 years old and in need of repairs. Demo and repairs will take 3-5 months at a cost of $1.5 million dollars.