Citizens Organize To Save The Friendship Trail Bridge
Good Afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâm Rob Lorei. Coming up today weâll talk about the future of the Friendship Trail Bridge- a recreational bridge that links Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. It was closed last year because of structural problems. But first some listener comments about yesterdayâs program Yesterday we heard about the problem of human trafficking or modern day slavery.
Last December Pinellas and Hillsborough counties closed the entire Friendship Trail Bridge, including the catwalks. The decision came after an engineering report found that the bridge structure was deteriorating and posed a danger to the runners, walkers, bikers, skateboarders, and people who fish from the bridgeâs catwalks.
Initial estimates of the cost of fixing the bridge were about 30 million dollars. But a more recent estimate puts the cost at 15 million.
Next week there will be two public meetings about future plans for the now closed bridge.
Here to talk about the future of the Friendship Trail bridge are: * Bob Kersteen: Chairman, Agency on Bay Management, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Member, President Friends of Weedon Island and a Friendship Trail Oversight Committee member
Capt. Tom Bryan: President Friendship Trail Corp., owner of scuba & gun shop, Friendship Trail Oversight Committee member
Ben Ritter: Government Relations Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Vice-President, Friendship Trail Corp.
Frank Miller: Executive Director, Friendship Trail Corp.
And Barbara Sheen Todd, former Pinellas County Commissioner
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