Sunshine Skyway Bridge

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Sunshine Skyway Bridge
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Nancy K
2 contributions
Relaxing
Jun 2021
Worth a trip here, we were driving on an very windy day and ended up stopping to see the wind surfers, there must have been 50-60 put there. Beautiful!
Written 15 September 2021
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Ulisses S
Miami, FL37 contributions
Heavenly Way
Aug 2021 • Solo
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge spanning the Lower Tampa Bay connecting St. Petersburg to Terra Ceia.

The bridge is considered a symbol of Florida and was opened in 1987. It is the second bridge of that name on the site.

It’s a beautiful bridge that can be seen a few miles before you arrive to it. Crossing ir during the sunset provides a beautiful view.
Written 7 August 2021
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Arielfl
Coconut Creek, FL1,531 contributions
Bridge of Broken Dreams
Feb 2021
I recently passed over Skyway Bridge on a trip up the west coast of Florida to St. Petersburg. This is cable stayed bridge that is also called the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge or just the Skyway. When you see it, it is a very impressive bridge and its sails are iconic. The bridge stretches 29,040 feet between Bradenton and St. Petersburg. That's over four miles across Tampa Bay. This is actually the second bridge to be built here.

The first bridge was an original steel cantilever two-lane bridge built by the Virginia Bridge Company. It was also called the Skyway Bridge and it opened on September 6, 1954. It lasted almost 30 years until two disasters happened close together. In January 1980, the United States Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collided with the tanker Capricorn near the bridge. The cutter sank and 23 crew members died. It is considered the Coast Guard's deadliest peacetime disaster. Just a few months later in May 1980, the freighter MV Summit Venture collided with a bridge support during a storm. It caused the structural collapse of the southbound span and six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus fell 150 feet into the water below killing 35 people. Only one person survived, Wesley MacIntire, 56 who had the good fortune of having his vehicle land on the ship before it hit the water.

After the disasters, the state realized that a new bridge would need to be built. The old bridge was demolished and the supports were turned into fishing piers. A new bridge was designed by Figg and Muller Engineers, with lower-level sections created by several other firms. It was decided the new bridge would be a a cable-stayed bridge where cables extend from towers along the bridge to support the load-bearing deck. This is different than suspension bridges where the deck is suspended from cables attached between multiple towers. Construction of the new bridge began in 1982. The bridge is made of just concrete and steel, making it the longest cable-stayed concrete bridge in the world. The bridge cost $244 million and opened in 1987. The design of the bridge has the cables descending from the two towers of the span are set in the middle of the bridge making it look like sails, with 40-foot roadways on each side. With the cables in the center instead of on the edges of the bridge, you get an clear view of the bay. The cable cases were all bright yellow, representing the rays of sunshine in the Sunshine State.

Sadly tragedy still plaques this bridge today. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge has become the top suicide spot in the state of Florida with at least 130 people having taken their lives by jumping since the bridge reopened in 1987. It is so incredibly easy to stop your car, jump out, and leap over the low barrier. I can't drive across the bridge without thinking about it. After much reluctance over the years a suicide barrier which is a high fence that can't be scaled, is finally being added to the bridge. The unobstructed view will be lost but lives will be saved.
Written 2 July 2021
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fwwood
Gainesville, Florida124 contributions
Huge suspension bridge
Jun 2021
Big bridge with big views and lots of memories for me. It's a marvel of engineering and a symbol of SW Florida.
Written 30 June 2021
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Tonya M
3 contributions
Beautifully lit at night!
Jun 2021 • Family
We drove over the bridge during our stay in the area. It provides great views. It looks really pretty lit up at night too, especially from the Skyway Pier.
Written 4 June 2021
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Michael Walls
St. Petersburg, FL7 contributions
A beautiful sight at night!
Apr 2021
A wonderful feat of engineering and design at the mouth of the Tampa Bay.

I have two preferred observation modes:
1 - on land at night - St Pete side
2 - in the passenger seat with my eyes tightly closed
Written 30 May 2021
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SunnysideupFl
Miami, FL31 contributions
Amazing Drive
Apr 2021
On the way to Clearwater went over this amazing almost 5 mile bridge...a memorable experience! Beautiful sight if you love water like I do!
Written 1 May 2021
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Jhon
Bradenton, FL1,535 contributions
Bridge improvements.
Apr 2021 • Solo
The bridge is adding fencing on both sides. It appears to be fences to keep pedestrians safe. The bridge is always well maintained.
Written 20 April 2021
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Belynda P
Buffalo, MN11 contributions
A pretty cool little drive
Apr 2021 • Family
Just for fun, we drove over the bridge. It was pretty cool! It was neat to see the city from there. I would want to try it at night if I get to go back to the area.
Written 19 April 2021
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Tanya B
Tulsa, OK46 contributions
Interesting
Apr 2021
This bridge is beautiful and looks way more scary than it actually is. I highly recommend checking it out on a sunny day and after dark.
Written 17 April 2021
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