Solved a project to build a new bridge seems to be going



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- It is Tampa Bay’s most traveled bridge, và part of it is being replaced. If you have driven over the Howard Frankland recently, you have undoubtedly seen the giant cranes. Construction is happening now to lớn build a brand new eight-lane span of the bridge.

There is a lot going on right now that is vital to lớn the construction that you vị not see from the road. FOX 13 News got a behind-the-scenes look at the $864-million project.

The Howard Frankland Bridge replacement is the biggest project the Tampa cất cánh FDOT Office has ever taken on. Building a bridge across the water is no easy feat.

"Everything has lớn be built off of barges, which makes construction much more difficult & requires a lot more equipment," explained FDOT’s Resident Engineer, Greg Deese.

Sensors in the 30-inch square piles ensure they are solid and secure. In all, officials say 43 miles' worth could be used to build the new bridge.

Once all the piles are in place, the next step is lớn cut them down to lớn the same height, & then crews will pour what is called the pier. This is the sub-structure of the bridge, and work is expected to lớn run through next fall.

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"Eventually you’ll see them setting beams and pouring concrete deck & it’ll begin to lớn look like a bridge, slowly but surely," continued Deese.

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Building an expanded Howard Frankland Bridge was fast-tracked by Governor Ron DeSantis during the first pandemic shutdowns but now on the Tampa side, there’s a major bump in the road.

It is the first vehicle bridge built across the bay in about 25 years.

The span will become the new southbound bridge, with four general-use lanes, four tolled express lanes, & a 12-foot-wide bike and pedestrian trail. Eventually, the existing southbound lanes will be flipped northbound, và the original bridge from 1959 will be demolished.

"This is going khổng lồ be a nice improvement, it’s going to extend our express lane system that will ensure that there is consistent travel times throughout Tampa và it will be much better lớn maintain," Deese said.

The project is on track to finish by the kết thúc of 2025.

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A vehicle ended up in the Tampa bay waters below the Howard Frankland Bridge following a traffic crash along Interstate 275, according to lớn Florida Highway Patrol troopers.