"Sunshine Skyway Bridge" - bridge over Tampa Bay

ArtThatSmiles

Clearwater, United States

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The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a bridge spanning Tampa Bay, Florida, with a cable-stayed main span, and a length of 29,040 feet (exactly 5.5 miles or approximately 8.85 km). It is part of I-275 and 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 and partly destroyed in a collision in 1980.

The Travel Channel rated the Sunshine Skyway #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.

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“Florida The Sunshine State”

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