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Changes coming to alleviate congestion on Howard Frankland Bridge

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - The drive to and from work can be a headache for all of us and FDOT crews will soon be working to make the ride a little smoother for those going across the bay.

To alleviate recurring congestion at the north end of the Howard Frankland Bridge, the Florida Department of Transportation will add general use lanes in the Westshore area and State Road 60.

“There are two additional lanes, one in each direction going to be provided between the Howard Frankland Bridge and Lois Avenue,” said Rich Clarendon, Assistant Executive Director, Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization.

In addition -- express lanes will extend across the bay, as part of a project to rebuild the Howard Frankland Bridge

“As part of that, express lanes, two in each direction in addition to the eight general purpose lanes,” said Clarendon.

Clarendon says these improvements will help people have easier access to the Tampa International Airport, and the Westshore Business District.

We could see construction on the projects within the next two years, and both projects are expected to be complete by 2024.

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