Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Clearwater

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Address: I-275, St. Petersburg, FL 33711, USA

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About Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Clearwater

The Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge, commonly known as the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, is a bridge spanning Tampa Bay, Florida, with a cable-stayed main span, and a total length of 21,877 feet (4.1434 mi; 6.668 km). It is part of Interstate 275 (I-275) and U.S. Route 19 (US 19), connecting St. Petersburg in Pinellas County and Terra Ceia in Manatee County, Florida, passing through Hillsborough County waters. Construction of the current bridge began in 1982, and the completed bridge was dedicated on February 7, 1987. The new bridge cost $244 million to build, and was opened to traffic on April 20, 1987. It replaced an older bridge constructed in 1954, which was partly destroyed in a collision in 1980. It is constructed of steel and concrete. Steel cables clad in 84 9-inch (230 mm) steel tubes (42 per pylon) along the center line of the bridge support the main span. It was designed by the Figg & Muller Engineering Group (who also designed the popular Seven Mile Bridge), and built by the American Bridge Company. In 2005, an act of the Florida Legislature officially named the current bridge the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge, after the Governor of Florida and then U.S. Senator who presided over its design and most of its construction. According to sources, he was inspired to suggest the current design by a visit to France, where he saw a similar cable-stayed bridge, the Brotonne Bridge. The original bridge was dedicated to state engineer William E. Dean, as noted on a plaque displayed at the rest area at the south end of the bridge. The Travel Channel rated the Sunshine Skyway number 3 in its special on the "Top 10 Bridges" in the World. The bridge is considered the "flag bridge" of Florida. Because of its height above the emerald-green Gulf waters, length of continuous travel, location in a warm-weather state, and modern architectural design, it is a popular spot for filming automobile commercials. A major problem with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is corrosion of the steel in the precast concrete segmental columns on the high level approaches. Because the segments are hollow, workers were able to enter the bridge superstructure in 2003 and 2004 to reinforce the corroded sections of the bridge, ensuring its future safety. Another problem arose around 2005–06 when several news bureaus reported paint discolorations on the bridge's cables. These paint splotches and patches were a result of touch-ups that were performed over the years but began to show through over recent years. In 2008, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began an overhaul including repainting the cables in their entirety (instead of touching up) and rehabilitating the lighting system at the summit of the bridge. A 2014 FDOT study noted that the Skyway's low bridge clearance prevented larger vessels from using the Port Tampa Bay terminals, but made no recommendation about options as the air draft of most new cruise ships exceeds the bridge's height limit at 180 feet (55 m).


Sunshine Skyway Bridge is located in Clearwater in United States.

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  • Breath Taking view on sunrise from the bridge and pier. It's one of those places where you go to decompress and relax. In my opinion this is one of those Florida bridges that you need drive to. Alongside it has two fishing piers, each from oposite side from the bridge. Both piers are like 1.5 miles in and you can drive your 🚗 all the way in!

  • It's a nice bridge and the rest areas are nice but be careful going anywhere near the entrances if you are not intending to use it! There is absolutely nowhere to turn around at least a mile approaching it from either direction. I made a wrong turn, desperately tried to find a place to turn around and just asked the toll lady if I could turn around. She said sure you can turn around at a rest stop but they still have to charge me. So you can design a big fancy bridge but you can't make a simple way to just turn around? Probably gonna just stay away from this from now on.

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  • Been across this bridge many times and never get bored. There are great views from the top. Not advisable to go across it in a bad storm though.

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  • It's one of the most amazing man-made structures I've ever had the privilege of experiencing. They don't call it the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for nothing. As you start to climb in elevation, it's like driving straight up into the sky headed towards the sun. It's kind of like being on a roller coaster where you're climbing, climbing and you can't see the other side. You are able to see in all directions the beauty of Florida without the nuisance of the city obstructing your views. I love driving across this bridge. An affordable and beautiful sight. Quite the experience. I'll never grow tired of crossing this bridge!

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