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Howard Frankland bridge reopens after closing overnight for construction

The closure was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Saturday and last 16 hours, but it ended three hours early.
A live camera image shows the Howard Frankland Bridge on Interstate 275 at 8:30 a.m. The bridge was scheduled to remain closed until mid-day but reopened early, around 9 a.m.
A live camera image shows the Howard Frankland Bridge on Interstate 275 at 8:30 a.m. The bridge was scheduled to remain closed until mid-day but reopened early, around 9 a.m. [ Florida Department of Transportation ]
Published Jan. 17
Updated Jan. 17

All traffic lanes on the Howard Frankland Bridge reopened around 9 a.m. Sunday after it was closed overnight so construction crews could remove a smaller bridge at its southern end.

The closure was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Saturday and last 16 hours, but it ended about three hours early.

Related: Howard Frankland to close Saturday night for Pinellas construction

The work was initially supposed to happen last week, but the state said the equipment didn’t show up in time.

Signs guided drivers to detour routes along Roosevelt Boulevard, Gandy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. The Bayside Bridge, Courtney Campbell Causeway and Memorial Highway will also be open and could be used as alternatives.

The removal of the Fourth Street North bridge over Interstate 275 is part of the Gateway Expressway project. Once completed, Pinellas will have two elevated toll roads linking U.S. 19 and Interstate 275 along with the Bayside Bridge and I-275. Both will be two lanes and require a fee to use.