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Tampa City Council asks for report on controversial New Tampa bridge project

TAMPA — The City Council voted Thursday to get a report on the status of building a controversial bridge in New Tampa.

The project — a bridge over Interstate 75 connecting Commerce Park and New Tampa boulevards -- received approval two years ago but has been delayed by a series of legal and procedural challenges by opponents, mainly residents living near the proposed route.

Meanwhile, business owners, public safety officials and some homeowners say the bridge is needed to ease traffic on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

Council member Curtis Stokes said Thursday morning that any efforts to build the roadway should be postponed until after the next mayor takes office.

Tampa voters will elect either Rose Ferlita or Bob Buckhorn mayor in the March 22 runoff. The winner takes office April 1.

The council later voted to have city staff make a presentation on the status of the project.

Tampa City Council asks for report on controversial New Tampa bridge project 03/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2011 8:52pm]
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