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SECTION B STA A. FLOMIDA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1972
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By BILL PURVIS
Tribune Staff Writer
TALLAHASSEE Nearly $1 million in repairs
to the Howard Frankland Bridge across Tampa Bay
could begin before the first of the year, a Depart-
ment spokesman said. .
The Interstate Highway 75
bridge will remain open dur-
ing the repairs and work
should be completed within
six to eight months after it ,
RtEPAIRING Howard Frank-
land, which links Tampa to
mid-Pinellas County, and
more than a dozen southwest
Florida projects, most of
them minor, are on the de-
partment's list for bids in
However, a $2.7 million
bridge over the Tampa by-
pass canal east of the city |1 F 7 iT a ra t BP -^ H
was removed from the list, 0 W ^ frid '. "e
the department spokesman .- ....
said, due to a pending lawsuit e 6 -. " i
on the question of statutory 8H |
law in appropriations bills. ;. v ^ ^ .' .7"_Jl .. "" =
Meanwhile, the department
will look for some federal ": ~13 rom Page 1 unsafe bridges around the p.m. and 7 a.m. while the
matching money to go into ": TI IF RANKLAND repairs state up to standards. joints are being sealed.
the m an added. th i\ill i.ade from a $30 mil- Dangerous conditions were Work will be arranged in
an addd Ion ucial fund established found in many of the state's that fashion, the spokesman
Please See Page 2, Col. 1 b t-ast legislature to brin brides through an inspection explained, to avoid traffic pile-
,;.a... program established after the ups caused by work during
S--- collapse of an Anclote River the daytime.
span on U.S. 19 several years
ago. Bids will be let on Sept. 23,
the spokesman continued, but
Work on the Frankland actual w\ork v.ill not begin for
Bridge will consist of repairs two or three months, \which
to pilings and rescaling joints would have the job starting in
in the deck. November or December.
All four lanes of the bridge NEARILY a quarter of tlhe
will remain open during the bridge repair fund will go into
hours of heav\'y commuter use patching or replacing unsafe
but only on ne lane will be clear bridges in the Tampa Bav
in each dlircction between 9 Area.