Original bridge opened in 1960 and only carried four lanes. New Southbound bridge opened in 1991
The Howard Frankland Bridge opened in 1960 and only carried four lanes. Planning began for a larger-capacity replacement in 1978. By the 1987, it was concluded that a parallel, four lane span would be built. The new $54 million southbound span was opened to traffic in July 1990. The older bridge was then closed to traffic, rehabilitated, and reopened in 1992. The bridge is listed as having 315 main spans.
Length of largest span: 98.1 ft.
Total length: 15,900.0 ft. (3.0 mi.)
Deck width: 58.4 ft.
Howard Frankenstein Bridge (local slang)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+27.91778, -82.61449(decimal degrees) 27°55'04" N, 82°36'52" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory(6 out of 9) Superstructure condition rating: Poor(4 out of 9) Substructure condition rating: Fair(5 out of 9) Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 62.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
February 24, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Merged NBI Data.
November 28, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey: corrected route number