Published: Oct 09, 2013 11:09 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - State transportation officials say a bridge spanning Tampa Bay could accommodate light rail or express bus service in the future.
    
During a public hearing Tuesday, officials talked to residents about replacing the aging northbound span of the Howard Frankland Bridge.
    
Built in 1959, the span is structurally tired and officials have put forward several scenarios for its replacement.
    
The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1bHe5ek) reports one of the plans calls for swapping out the aging structure with one that looks very much like it - a new, four-lane bridge. It would leave room for spaces where more roadway could be built to carry express buses, rail or tolled express lanes.
    
Replacing the northbound span would cost about $390 million. Building express lanes would add about $339 million to the cost.
    
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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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