The Howard Frankland Bridge will be closed for about 16 hours this weekend to take time to remove the southbound 4th Street N off ramp from I-275. How long will we not be able to utilized that exit?
We had a chance to catch up with Kris Carson, DOT spokesperson, this morning on the show. She let us know that work will begin to build a new off-ramp at this same location, which should open to traffic in late 2021. They’re expecting it to take about nine to ten months, weather-permitting.
With the closure taking place Saturday night, DOT is looking to make the most of it. This is the first time the bridge has ever been closed, so they are going to take the opportunity to test their “wrong-way driving” alert system. Wrong-way driving is a big problem in the Bay area and in the state of Florida. They’ll be test driving vehicles across the bridge to make sure the alert system works effectively.
You can listen to our interview with Kris Carson below.