What: Columbus Drive Bridge Project Ribbon-Cutting
When: Friday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.
Where: Comments and a view of the bridge demonstration will take place on the northwest bank of the River, north of the Bridge, on North Rome Avenue
Hillsborough County Commissioners and staff will be joined by other elected officials, project partners and local residents on Friday, Sept. 28, to celebrate the completion of the construction project to rehabilitate the 86-year-old Columbus Drive Bridge in West Tampa.
The event will begin with comments from representatives in attendance, including Florida District 58 Representative Janet Cruz; District 3 Commissioner Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr.; District 6 Commissioner Kevin Beckner; and Tampa Council Chair Charlie Miranda. A narrated demonstration of the Bridge’s newly rehabilitated bobtail swing mechanism and design improvements will then be held, along with a special surprise.
The comments and viewing of the demonstration will take place on the northwest bank of the River, north of the Bridge, on North Rome Avenue. Streetside parking is available along North Rome Avenue.
The Columbus Drive Bridge is one of only two existing bobtail swing bridges left in Florida, and was granted historic designation in 2006. The bobtail swing bridge carries traffic over the Hillsborough River, connecting West Tampa and Tampa Heights. Like the Platt Street Bridge, the Bridge was restored to its original functionality and historical appearance. Additional improvements include a glass-topped tender house to increase visibility for the Bridge operator.
The project cost a total of $8.75 million, and started in May 2011. The Bridge required complete rehabilitation as it had outlived its normal useful life span, and needed to be upgraded to current standards.