Iris Rogers of Bradenton is overcome with emotion Wednesday while visiting a makeshift memorial at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Lois Avenue for two Plant High students killed in a motorcycle crash.
A traffic signal at Bay to Bay and Lois would cost $550,000, so temporary measures are under consideration. But there’s no money for them yet, either.
The $85.3 million project adds lanes from north of the I-4 interchange to Hillsborough Avenue.
The seasonal service runs through May 22, 2022.
Tampa International Airport’s Blue Express Curbside lanes will be open for travelers by Thanksgiving.


  1. The SunRunner stops in St. Pete Beach in August. After residents and officials from the city complained about homeless riders sleeping on the beach and panhandling, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri urged the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to impose a fare on the previously free bus line. On Wednesday, he said the measure worked: Complaints have plummeted.
  2. “We certainly have more than enough transportation needs for that funding," Tampa Mayor Jane Castor told the Times on Tuesday.
  3. The Howard Frankland Bridge seen under construction from Tampa on Nov. 20.
  4. The cruise line Margaritaville at Sea has announced that Tampa will be the port of call for its next, much bigger cruise ship, the Islander, offering trips to Mexico and Key West.
  5. Traffic streams southbound over the Sunshine Skyway bridge in July 2021, shortly after suicide prevention fencing was completed. The Skyway on Tuesday saw its first suicide in 19 months, a remarkable stretch for a bridge that had averaged about one suicide per month before the fencing was erected.
  6. The SunRunner — stopped in St. Pete Beach in August — has been touted as one of many recent successes by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. But Republican lawmakers have been critical of the agency, and a bill that would cut its board of directors by nearly a third will advance to the state Legislature after a vote by local lawmakers Wednesday.
  7. The Tampa Riverwalk during construction on the Pendry Tampa high-rise. The area is temporarily closed while a pedestrian-friendly tunnel is built there.
  8. A laborer works Monday along 118th Avenue North on the Gateway Expressway Project in St. Petersburg. The oft-delayed project is set to conclude in early 2024.
  9. A vehicle drives on a street with an abundance of cracks near the intersection of North Franklin Street and East Oak Avenue on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, in Tampa.
  10. Travelers wait in a security line at Denver International Airport on Tuesday. Transportation Security Administration officials expect to screen a record 2.9 million travelers on Sunday, the busiest day of the long Thanksgiving weekend.
  11. Tammy Ferrer, left, with her husband, Frank, didn’t want her son to buy a motorcycle. She hated the thought of him riding on the frenetic streets of Tampa and Hillsborough County, where more motorcyclists were killed in crashes last year than any county in Florida.
  12. Tammy Burch, the 15-year-old Gulfport girl struck by a trolley in downtown St. Petersburg Sunday, poses in this photo taken before her first Homecoming dance at Boca Ciega High School in October 2023.
  13. Investigators at the scene in the westbound lanes of I-275 near Gandy Boulevard on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in St. Petersburg, where Deputy Michael Hartwick, 51, was hit and killed overnight Thursday by a construction worker operating a front-end loader at a construction site, according to Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
  14. Yellow tape blocks off the scene where police say a trolley hit a teenage pedestrian in St. Petersburg on Sunday.
  15. A car involved in a wrong-way crash was severely damaged on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County on Sunday morning.
  16. Port Tampa Bay president and CEO Paul Anderson also got a bonus of $350,000.
  17. A tractor trailer crash and fuel spill prompted officials to close the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County on Tuesday afternoon, but they were later re-opened.
  18. Aerial photo of Downtown Tampa overlooking the Tampa Riverwalk and Hillsborough River is pictured in April 2022.
  19. Lovebugs crawl across the top of a red rose. Lovebugs, a twice-a-year phenomenon in Florida, have gone away and no one really knows why.
  20. A heavily-damaged Florida Highway Patrol car sits on Interstate 275 near the Interstate 4 interchange in Tampa on Saturday after a suspected impaired driver drove into a construction zone and rear-ended the patrol car, troopers said. The trooper, the driver and a passenger were all seriously injured.
  21. A woman was hit and killed by a train in Seffner Thursday morning, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reported.
  22. Police issued 223 citations during a crackdown on speeders over the weekend on Gandy Boulevard and the bridge. This photo shows traffic backed up on Gandy in April 2017.
  23. Scott Drainville, center, has served as the agency's interim CEO since April.
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