FDOT: Howard Frankland’s auxiliary lanes will not be converted to express lanes

Drivers on the Howard Frankland Bridge, photo courtesy FDOT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Transportation officials announced Monday that the auxiliary lanes on the Howard Frankland Bridge will not be converted to express lanes, as previously considered.

FDOT officials made the statement in a letter sent Monday afternoon.

The department will proceed with the Howard Frankland Bridge reconstruction project retaining four untolled lanes in each direction.

FDOT officials said the department will continue to explore options to add express lanes and to reduce congestion on the bridge.

The future decision will be based on “whether the addition of express lanes and the congestion management they achieve is feasible and cost effective,” officials said.

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