If you live and drive in the Tampa Bay area, you know about the daily traffic on the Howard Frankland bridge. In fact, over 142,000 vehicles use the bridge daily and the Florida Department of Transportation recognizes that this amount of traffic is contributing to a high number of rollovers, fender benders, car fires, and other car accidents. As a result of this congestion, the bridge may nearing the end of its useful lifespan.
The Department of Transportation is planning on replacing the northbound section of the bridge and is considering a number of ideas for how the bridge can be improved. Depending on how many lanes are added, the new improvements could cost up to half a billion dollars. Like many other cities are doing, one of the new lanes will probably be reserved for those willing to pay a toll in order to get across the bridge quicker and with less traffic than traveling in the non-paying lanes. Light rail may also be added to the bridge. These changes are in the preliminary stages and most expect construction to begin sometime in the next ten years. Until the improvements are made, it will still be hectic traveling across the Howard Frankland during rush hour as it is with many of Tampa and St. Petersburg’s roads. As always, drive carefully and if you’ve been injured as the result of the negligence of another driver, call the attorneys at Robert Sparks Attorneys for a free consultation on your options for seeking treatment and being reimbursed for your injuries and damages.