FDOT “Caves” on Howard Frankland Bridge Toll Lanes

Tampa Bay Business Journal reports, “After an onslaught of complaints from members of the public and some elected officials, the Florida Department of Transportation is reversing course on its plan to implement toll lanes on the Howard Frankland Bridge.” The newspaper notes that there was “public outrage” over the proposal (included in the TBX Express plan) to convert one general purpose bridge lane in each direction to a “pricy” tolled express lane.

Tampa Bay Times reports, “The Florida Department of Transportation reversed course Monday [October 3] and said it would no longer take away a free lane from the Howard Frankland Bridge when it is rebuilt in 2019. The department also canceled two public hearings on the bridge replacement scheduled for this week.”