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Jack Latvala to FDOT: Don’t turn lanes on Howard Frankland into toll roads

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State Sen. Jack Latvala on Monday wrote to the Florida Department of Transportation objecting to any plan to start charging tolls on current lanes of the Howard Frankland bridge. Latvala was reacting to recent news that state officials plan to take one of the four existing lanes in each direction on the bridge and charge tolls. Until recently, local officials understood the plan, which is part of a wider highway expansion proposal known as the Tampa Bay Express, was to…

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St. Pete City Council lacks excitement for FDOT express lane plan

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St. Pete City Council members didn’t seem too impressed with plans to ease congestion along some of the area’s most congested thoroughfares. The Florida Department of Transportation has seven “starter” projects that could break ground within the next 3-5 years that would create pay-to-use express lanes on parts of Northbound I-275 between Gandy Boulevard and Fourth Street and 118 Avenue and then across the Howard Frankland Bridge into Tampa. The $9 billion project also includes express lanes through Tampa along…

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