Sunshine Skyway Bridge

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Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Carries 4 lanes of I-275 and US 19
Crosses Tampa Bay
Locale South of St. Petersburg and north of Terra Ceia, Florida
Maintained by Florida Department of Transportation
ID number 150189
Design continuous pre-stressed concrete cable-stayed bridge
Total length 5.5 miles (8.9 km)
Width 94 feet (29 m)
Height 431 feet (131 m)
Longest span 1,200 feet (366 m)
Vertical clearance 193 feet (59 m)
Clearance below 175 feet (53 m)
AADT 50,500[1][2][3]
Opened 1954 (original bridge, collapsed 1980)
April 20, 1987 (new bridge)
Toll $1 for passenger cars or $0.75 with SunPass
Coordinates 27°37′30″N 82°39′30″W / 27.625°N 82.65833°W / 27.625; -82.65833Coordinates: 27°37′30″N 82°39′30″W / 27.625°N 82.65833°W / 27.625; -82.65833
Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a highway bridge in Tampa Bay, Florida, that crosses 29,040 feet (5.5 miles or about 8.85 km).[4] Every day, about 50,500 vehicles (cars and trucks) cross over the bridge.[5][6][7] The bridge is considered Florida's "flag bridge" (Florida's most important bridge).[8] On May 9, 1980, a freighter ship, called the MV Summit Venture, ran into one of the bridge's supporting columns. 1200 feet (366 meters) of the bridge fell into the water, and 35 people were killed.[9][10] The bridge was reconstructed to its current version in 1987.[11]

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  1. Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization. 2006 Average Annual Daily Traffic Counts in Pinellas County (A.A.D.T.) [map]. Retrieved on 2008-01-13.
  2. Florida Department of Transportation. PTMS and TTMS Sites, 2006, Pinellas County (15) [map]. Retrieved on 2008-01-13.
  3. "2006 Annual Average Daily Traffic Report" (PDF). Florida Department of Transportation. pp. Site 0088. Archived from the original on 2008-02-16. http://web.archive.org/web/20080216120609/http://www.dot.state.fl.us/planning/statistics/trafficdata/AADT/15.pdf. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  4. "Sunshine Skyway Bridge". Public Broadcasting Service. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/wonder/structure/sunshine_skyway.html. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  5. Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization. 2006 Average Annual Daily Traffic Counts in Pinellas County (A.A.D.T.) [map]. Retrieved on 2010-10-04.
  6. Florida Department of Transportation. PTMS and TTMS Sites, 2006, Pinellas County (15) [map]. Retrieved on 2010-10-04.
  7. "2006 Annual Average Daily Traffic Report" (PDF). Florida Department of Transportation. pp. Site 0088. http://www.dot.state.fl.us/planning/statistics/trafficdata/AADT/15.pdf. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  8. Garcia, Jose. "The Skyway Bridge - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow" (PDF). Florida Department of Transportaiton. http://www.dot.state.fl.us/Structures/DesignConf2006/Presentations/session20/Final-20Garcia.pdf. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  9. "A blinding squall, then death". St. Petersburg Times. http://www2.sptimes.com/weather/SW.2.html. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  10. Jean Heller (2000-05-07). "The Day Skyway Fell: May 9, 1980". St. Petersburg Times. http://www.sptimes.com/News/050700/TampaBay/Horrific_accident_cre.shtml. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  11. "Sunshine Skyway Bridge". Structurae. http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?ID=s0000263. Retrieved 10 April 2010.