Drivers will not lose a lane on the Howard Frankland Bridge to tolls, according to a release Monday from state Sen. Jack Latvala.

Latvala, R-Clearwater, said his office received a letter from Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold stating the agency will not move forward with plans to make a lane on the bridge into a toll lane.

“My decision is that we will not convert the auxiliary lanes to express lanes,” Boxold said in the letter.

Latvala, chairman of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation, had opposed the move in a letter to FDOT, saying they were a detriment to commuters and businesses in the Tampa Bay region.

“I would like to thank the Department of Transportation for listening to the sentiment of the people of Tampa Bay who opposed having a toll lane on the Howard Frankland Bridge,” Latvala said. “Now we must move forward and focus on solutions to make Tampa Bay transportation easier for our residents.”

The agency had planned on taking a lane in each direction and convert them into toll-only lanes, that might charge up to $6 each way.

More background on the story:

How many lanes on Howard Frankland? Tolls hinge on debate

Howard Frankland toll lane controversy