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When traveling South Bound on I-275 I’m sure you have seen the large welcome sign, it’s hard to miss. That sign will be coming down very soon…

The Gateway Welcome Tower was built to withstand hurricane force winds, though it sustained damage when a car crashed into it. Bill Edwards paid for it, to the tune of $600,000, and it won’t even last a decade. The sign that was built to welcome guests coming to Tampa for the RNC held back in 2012 is coming down due to road construction. Howard Frankland is getting an expansion and they plan to have eight lanes going into St. Pete from Tampa. It’s projected to be open 2024.

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Welcome to St.Petersburg, this sign always makes me happy!@Regran_ed from @igersstpete - Welcome to St. Petersburg ???????? Photograph by: @rival_photography_ - #regrann

I’ve seen this sign every day on my drive to work, it’s going to feel weird for it to be gone.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has not yet decided what will replace the welcome sign.

[Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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