The Florida Department of Transportation plans to replace the aging eastbound Howard Frankland Bridge in the future. A PD&E Study is needed to consider environmental effects associated with the bridge replacement. A key element of the TBARTA Master Plan is to provide a transit connection across Upper Tampa Bay linking Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Both the TBARTA Master Plan and the Pinellas and Hillsborough MPO LRTPs identify the Howard Frankland Bridge (I-275/SR 93) corridor as the best option for the connection.
The Study will also determine opportunities and constraints of constructing a potential transit envelope in conjunction with the bridge replacement. The Howard Frankland Bridge corridor must accommodate the appropriate transit provisions to connect all transit systems regionally. While the primary purpose of the study is to examine replacement of the bridge without increasing capacity, the study offers the opportunity to examine how transit could be included in the construction of the bridge replacement. The study will include an examination of engineering constraints and feasible alternatives to accommodate transit in the design of the replacement bridge, or determine if a new structure would be required. The transit element of the study will be closely coordinated with the Pinellas County Alternatives Analysis, including feasible options, cost estimates, and engineering constraints.
Potential transit connection between the planned Hillsborough County/Westshore/USF transit corridor and the Pinellas County, St. Petersburg to Clearwater transit corridor, in conjunction with the Howard Frankland Bridge PD&E study.
Type of Study
Project Development & Environment Study (PDE), Transit Corridor Evaluation
Project Start Date and Length of Study
2010 (24 Months)
Pinellas BOCC, Pinellas MPO, PSTA, Hillsborough BOCC, Hillsborough MPO, HART, FDOT, TBARTA
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
American Consulting Engineers of FL