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Patrick Noel Kele Teel July 13, 2011. Interests. The Travel channel rated the Sunshine skyway bridge as number 3 in its special “10 top bridges” in the world.

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patrick noel kele teel july 13 2011
Patrick Noel

Kele Teel

July 13, 2011

  • The Travel channel rated the Sunshine skyway bridge as number 3 in its special “10 top bridges” in the world.
  • 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.

The Original Sunshine Skyway Bridge was built in 1950 and was completed in 1954 with a gala grand opening ceremony on labor day weekend of that year.

  • The original bridge was a cantilever Through-truss with a vertical clearance of 150 feet and a shipping channel clearance of 854 feet, which was adequate for ships in that area.

The Original bridge was damaged by a large freight ship in 1980, the bridge was later than removed.

  • The new Sunshine Skyway Bridge was built in 1982 but was completed in 1987.
  • The US Senator who presided over its design and most of its construction was inspired to suggest the current design by a visit to France where he saw a similar cable-stayed bridge.
    • The Sunshine Skyway bridge was built in St. Petersburg and Bradenton Florida.
  • The Sunshine skyway is a cable-stayed bridge that only not carry interstate 275 but it multiplexes with US 19 from exit 1 (54 avenue south) to exit 5(us 19 south).
  • The Sunshine skyway costs $244 million to be completed.
  • Approximately 1,000,000 cars uses the Sunshine Skyway bridge per week so that is in excess of 52 million per year.
  • It is the world’s longest cable-stayed concrete bridge, its cables are painted a bright taxicab yellow.
  • It is considered the ‘’flag bridge” of Florida
interesting facts
Interesting Facts
  • Most bridges wires are attached to the side for support but the Sunshine Skyway bridge cables attach to the center of the bridge instead of the outer part.
  • During rush hour traffic in the early morning of February.23,2003 a man tried to commit suicide. He was 50 feet above the roadway standing on top of the center span bridge support cable. It was Trooper Kristi Menzies who talked the person to coming down.
sunshine skyway s disaster
Sunshine Skyway’s Disaster

Early on the morning of May 9, 1980, 35 people were killed when the Sunshine Skyway bridge collapsed.

Twenty-six of the victims of the Sunshine Skyway collapse were passengers on a Greyhound bus.

Six cars and one pickup truck also plummeted from the Sunshine Skyway bridge when it collapsed.

Only one person who went over the edge survived -- Wesley MacIntire, the driver of the pickup. He died in 1989.

sunshine skyway collapsed
Sunshine Skyway collapsed



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