$515,000 allocated for bridge demolition
Pinellas County commissioners agreed Tuesday to send $515,000 to Hillsborough County for demolition of the Friendship Trail Bridge. The money will be added to the $2 million Pinellas has already sent to pay for its half of the estimated $5.2 million it will cost to demolish the bridge. Hillsborough will pay the other half.
"We're moving budget money," Pinellas Commissioner Ken Welch said. "But there's still some time for Hillsborough" to decide whether to go ahead and demolish the bridge or study a proposal to turn it into a linear park.
It appears Hillsborough is interested in the proposal.
Hillsborough is taking the idea seriously enough to review the first draft of the plan, said Julia Gorzka-Freeman, spokeswoman for Friends of the Friendship Trail Bridge.