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Howard Frankling Bridge – Tampa

Photo – no manipulation

My camera does a bad job in the house, but it’s great on the run :))
I came to realize I can take a straight and centered photograhy.

Carries Interstate 275

Crosses Old Tampa Bay
Locale St. Petersburg to Tampa, Florida
Maintained by Florida Department of Transportation
ID number 150107 (northbound) 150210 (southbound)
Total length 15,872 feet (4,838 m) (northbound)
15,900 feet (4,846 m) (southbound)
Width 58.4 feet (17.8 m) (northbound)
68.9 feet (21.0 m) (southbound)
Clearance below 43.0 feet (13.1 m) (northbound)
48.9 feet (14.9 m) (southbound)
Opened 1959 (northbound)
1990 (southbound)
Daily traffic 135,000 cars
Coordinates 27°55′41″N 82°35′15″W / 27.92793°N 82.58755°W / 27.92793; -82.58755Coordinates: 27°55′41″N 82°35′15″W / 27.92793°N 82.58755°W / 27.92793; -82.58755

This bridge monster has 4 continous lanes and many, many exit lanes

♦ Did I say I am so afraid crossing it??? But, that’s a baby beside the one bellow. Gosh, I really avoid crossing this one. Sunshing Skyway it is beautiful as construction, but for my stomach too tall :))

♦ For those who doesn’t know, Florida is called the Sunshine State

Carries I-275 / US 19 4 General purpose lanes
Crosses Tampa Bay
Locale South of St. Petersburg and north of Terra Ceia, Florida
Maintained by Florida Department of Transportation

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)
Opened 1954 (original bridge, collapsed 1980)
April 20, 1987 (new bridge)
Toll $1 for passenger cars or $0.75 with SunPass
Daily traffic 50,500


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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 3 years ago

    This is a great capture Mary!

  • Thank you Charmine, I just fond this image saved on my desktop, and I thought I might post it. Innitially I took the picture with the attempt to paint it. I am not good with geometrical figures/perspectives, but I have to start somewhere :))

    – Mary Sedici

  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoabout 3 years ago

    Love the shot,Mary. I know what you mean about geometrical figures/perspectives, but maybe someday we will master it.Hugs..♥

  • Hello Ann, you are so right.Figures mean lines, something fix and precise. I believe my fantacy is not allowing me to keep up with a well determined plan; by the time I am getting to the final of a work, I might change 3 times the subject and/or colors. LOL

    – Mary Sedici

  • sky   princess
    sky princessabout 3 years ago

    Great shot Mary

  • Thank you dear, I am glad you like it ♥

    – Mary Sedici

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    That’s a scary bridge. I just got sick watching the video. When getting to the pick appears that one drives into the sky. I can’t even walk on a bridge :))

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    That’s the bridge I like. Petite:)) Beautiful view of the Tampa Bay, the traffic it’s ok, and much shorter.

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture, driven that bridge many of times

  • Thank you Cathy – I really like the parallel system bridges. American logistics are the best.

    – Mary Sedici

  • FranEvans
    FranEvansabout 3 years ago

    What an incredible bridge. I’ve never seen anything like it!

  • Hello Fran – you should come visiting, and I would be driving you over it :)) I love to drive over when is no traffic, and can admire the beauty of the Tampa Bay. Incredible. Right at the entrance in Tampa, it is the Tampa Int’l Airport, and one can see continously big planes coming and going. I love planes too :)
    In regard of Skyway, I can write a chapter. Gosh, the most scarry bridge I’ve ever been on. So tall.. I believe I am getting claustofobic on bridges. It is not even the hight, but the fact I can’t see on the sides because I am getting higher and higher. No, no, I avoid that bridge as much as I can. It’ like going in hell throgh the sky. He, he, he.

    – Mary Sedici

  • John Fish
    John Fishabout 3 years ago

    strong image. wonderful sweeping vista

  • Thank you John, I am glad you like my photoshot. This is wonderful about America – large teritories, open view. One can feel the freedom :)

    – Mary Sedici

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    It’s been a while since I’ve been on that road. Coming down in April on business. Great capture.

  • Oh really, we might meet. Let me know if you want to :)

    – Mary Sedici

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisabout 3 years ago

    Great shot Mary! Aren’t these bridges awesome to drive across. I was in Portugal recently and crossed the Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon. Here :o)

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