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Clearwater, Florida -- Pedestrians and bicyclists are taking advantage of the new bridge along the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

The state's Department of Transportation built the 4-mile span using $14.6 million of federal money. This will be the only footbridge to span the bay since the Friendship Trail Bridge closed in 2008.

Next year, the rest of the new trail will open, connecting Tampa toClearwater and trails that stretch all the way to places like TarponSprings, St. Petersburg, and Gulfport.

The whole nine-mile trail and bridge project will cost around $20million according to spokeswoman Kris Carson of the Florida Departmentof Transportation, the agency paying for most of it.