Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friendship TrailBridge Can Be Saved Through TIGER Grant
I received some interesting info regarding a potential funding source to fix the Friendship TrailBridge -- old Gandy Bridge -- from the Ghost Rider, who passed the info from another source:
"As you probably are aware, the Friendship TrailBridge - formerly known as the "Old Gandy Bridge" - has been closed for safety reasons. The counties will soon decide whether to restore it or tear it down.
"It can be saved. There is a very good chance of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties tapping into a federal Department of Transportation $1.5 billion grant for restoring the Bridge. The Bridge qualifies for this funding grant. See article, below concerning details on the US DOT's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant.
However, the counties need to hear from the citizens of Tampa Bay - do the citizens want to see the bridge torn down or restored?
As a practical matter, if the bridge is torn down, you and I and the citizens of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties will pay the bill with our taxpayers' dollars. Why not restore the Bridge with federal dollars - the TIGER Grant?"
Reminder: Public meetings on the TrailBridge's future is July 14 and 15.