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St. Petersburg's 40th Avenue Bridge set to reopen Friday morning

ST. PETERSBURG — After being slated to be closed for six weeks, the 40th Avenue NE bridge will reopen Friday morning with a new pedestrian path.

Departments across the city working together, combined with materials being delivered earlier than expected, sped up the construction process to only 10 days, city spokesman Ben Kirby said. The bridge will be open by 7:30 a.m. with a new traffic pattern.

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Construction for the $485,000 renovation began April 8. The repairs, which were expected to take until May 22, will set the bridge up for a final construction project.

The city is aiming to begin building a higher bridge in 2020 to help make evacuation routes more accessible. The estimated cost of the project is $7.8 million. No official date has been set for the project.

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The bridge has been partially closed since August 2017, when structural issues were found during an inspection.

Contact McKenna Oxenden at Follow @mack_oxenden.