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  Sunshine Skyway Bridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is the world's longest cable-stayed concrete bridge, with a length of 29,040 feet (exactly 5.5 miles or approximately 8.85 km).
The original bridge was dedicated to state engineer William E Dean, as noted on a plaque displayed at the south rest area of the bridge.
The main span of the northbound bridge was demolished in 1992 and the approaches for both old spans were made into the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge   (1022 words)

 Bridge photos, Bridge postcards -- Bridgepix.com
It is one of three bridges connecting Pasco to the other members of the Tri-Cities of Washington (Kennewick and Richland), along with the Cable Bridge to the east and the Interstate 182 bridge from Richland to the northwest.
The bridge is on the Norfolk Southern mainline between Sheffield, Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee and the CSX mainline between Birmingham, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee.
The Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Bridge (often referred to as the “Katy Bridge” from MKT) is a former rail bridge across the Missouri River at Boonville, Missouri that is subject to a debate whether to demolish it or include it the Katy Trail which is a 225-mile bicycle trail.
www.bridgepix.com   (3857 words)

 Tampabay: For many, Sunshine Skyway bridge is a dark symbol of sadness and loss
Then she drove to the Sunshine Skyway and pulled over at the crest of the bridge.
Yakes says he is approaching state officials as the brother of a suicide victim, rather than as a 37-year employee of the DOT or as the seven-year mayor of the small town of Gulfport.
The Golden Gate Bridge District is in the final stages of developing a $2.5-million high-tech, metal wire suicide barrier for the landmark, where at least 1,200 people have died.
www.sptimes.com /TampaBay/41398/For_many__Sunshine_Sk.html   (1340 words)

 Tampabay: Sunshine Skyway showbiz
The Sunshine Skyway bridge enjoys the steady traffic of film crews who seek its profile as a backdrop for their art.
Also this summer, the Skyway is expected to provide the backdrop for an "intense, emotional climax" in The Punisher, a major motion picture based on a Marvel comic book series, according to filmmakers.
He believes the Skyway is a good filming spot, in part because it is not as recognizable as the Golden Gate or Brooklyn bridges, and has not been associated with any famous movies.
www.sptimes.com /2004/03/31/Tampabay/Sunshine_Skyway_showb.shtml   (1056 words)

 Google Sightseeing » Post Archive » Sunshine Skyway Bridge
The northbound bridge took all of the traffic whilst construction of the current bridge began in 1982 and finished in 1987 at a cost of $245 million.
Just to be careful, the piers of the main span of the new bridge are surrounded by large concrete barriers called “dolphins” that can apparently protect the bridge from collisions with freighters much larger than the Summit Venture.
While the Sunshine Skyway is indeed the longest total bridge, it’s cable-stayed span of 1,200 feet (between the towers) is significantly smaller than that of the Arthur Ravenel Jr.
googlesightseeing.com /2006/04/05/sunshine-skyway-bridge   (534 words)

 Concrete Bridge Aesthetics | Portland Cement Association (PCA)
Acclaimed for their dynamic design, sleek styling and aesthetically appealing presence, cable-stayed bridges are fast becoming "signature" structures that play a vital role in urban development across the country.
The Project: Sunshine Skyway Bridge was built using 2600 precast elements and 180,000 cubic yards (137,620 cu m) of concrete.
The Result: When completed in 1987, the bridge was honored with 15 design awards and set a new record as the longest concrete cable-stayed span in the U.S. In 1996, Florida Department of Transportation conducted a 10-year inspection and found the bridge in excellent condition.
www.cement.org /bridges/br_aesthetics.asp   (270 words)

 BUILDING BIG: Databank: Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Completed in 1987, the Sunshine Skyway is the world's longest cable-stayed concrete bridge.
It is probably the best known of the several dozen cable-stayed bridges that have been built in the United States since the late 1970s.
Protecting the new bridge from ships was a big priority, so they installed large concrete islands, called dolphins, around each of the bridge's six piers to absorb unwanted impact.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/buildingbig/wonder/structure/sunshine_skyway.html   (314 words)

 Florida @ SouthEastRoads.com - Interstate 275
Nevertheless, the Interstate 275 freeway was open all the way south to the skyway by June 1985, and by 1987, the new Sunshine Skyway bridge carried the Interstate over Tampa Bay.
The other major bridge is even more famous: the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which is a cable stay bridge that connects St. Petersburg with Palmetto.
The original Sunshine Skyway was a two-lane steel girder bridge that was constructed between 1950 and 1954.
www.southeastroads.com /i-275_fl.html   (628 words)

 Sunshine Skyway
The old Sunshine Skyway Bridge was demolished in 1991 and the resulting ends were converted into fishing piers.
In November 2005 the Sunshine Skyway was renamed the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge in honor of the former Florida governor who I believe made the right decision to replace the 1954 and 1971 cantilever spans with a new cable stayed bridge, modeled after a similar bridge in France.
End of the main span of the Sunshine Skyway and advance signage for the south Skyway Fishing Pier as well as the rest area one mile ahead southbound.
interstate275florida.com /ssb.htm   (1894 words)

 Sunshine Skyway Cable-Stayed Bridge Tampa Florida
The main span cable-stayed structure, with a precast deck superstructure, was designed by Figg and Muller, the approaches were designed by the Florida Dept. of Transportation.
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge has a main span of 1200 ft., 365.7 m.
One of the 536 vertical steel tendons that hold together the bridge's 76 hollow pillars has failed from corrosion, and inspectors have discovered potentially harmful rust on several others.
bridgepros.com /projects/Sunshineskyway/Sunshineskyway.htm   (308 words)

 Sunshine Skyway Bridge - Disaster - 1980
The new Sunshine Skyway, connecting Pinellas and Manatee counties, is a model of grace.
And the new bridge was constructed farther away from that treacherous 13-degree turn in the channel that the Summit Venture failed to negotiate.
The bridge structure is hollow concrete, far stronger than the steel of the old Skyway.
www.francesfarmersrevenge.com /stuff/bridges/skyway.htm   (3135 words)

 Skyway MEET
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge has a main span of 1200 ft, and a vertical clearance of 193 ft. Completed in April, 1987, at a construction cost of approximately $245 million, the bridge safely carries four lanes of traffic (20,000 cars a day) back and forth from Pinellas County (St. Petersburg) to Manatee County (Bradenton), Florida.
Removal of the old bridge was one of the largest bridge demolitions in Florida's history.
The Bridge is a toll bridge and as of the time of the posting the toll to cross is $1.50 in each direction.
www.angelfire.com /rebellion/millenniumrebel/SkywayMEET.html   (513 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The bridge is probably the best known of the several dozen cable-stayed bridges that have been built in the United States since the late 1970s.
The bridges cables are painted a bright taxicab yellow to represent the state of Florida.
In the fall of 2001, during routine inspection, it was found that one of the 536 vertical steel tendons that hold together the bridge's 76 hollow pillars was in need of repair due to corrosion.
accu-cut.biz /skyway.htm   (238 words)

Between the completion of the new span in 1971 and that fateful morning in May of 1980, several other "bad omens" occurred in the immediate area, all of which were mainly attributed to the weather.
It is equipped with a bridge protection system involving 36 large concrete bumpers called dolphins that are built to withstand an impact from any errant ships in the vicinity of the bridges piers.
Unlike most "cable-stay" bridges the new bridge uses a single plane of cables and the deck, made of prestressed concrete segments serves as structure as well as being the roadway surface.
www.geocities.com /pagesbydave/SunSkyDemoHis.html   (731 words)

 T 5140.19 - Pier Protection and Warning Systems for Bridges Subject to Ship Collisions
The purpose of this report is to document the results of a study conducted to identify alternative systems which could be installed on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to provide detection of catastrophic failures of the bridge and warning motorists of such events.
Directional radio beam transmitters are installed on the bridge and aimed toward the center of the channel.
However, with the present two-way traffic conditions on the remaining bridge, consideration should be given to early implementation of the system on this existing section.
www.fhwa.dot.gov /legsregs/directives/techadvs/t514019a.htm   (1380 words)

 -=| Delmarva Highways - Sunshine Skyway / St. Petersburg, FL |=-
After the accident, the original northbound span was converted to 2-way traffic, and remained as such until the completion of the new Sunshine Skyway bridge in 1987.
Once the new bridge opened, the remaining cantilever sections of the original spans and approaches were removed, and the low level trestle sections were converted into fishing piers.
The bridge's signature yellow suspension cables are a focal point of the skyline of St. Petersburg.
www.delmarvahighways.com /fl.htm   (584 words)

 The Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier
For the forty plus years since the original span of the Skyway Bridge was built, fishermen have been visiting the bridge to fight with a tremendous variety of game fish, from shark, tarpon and giant jewfish, to king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, grouper, and sea bass.
The bridge has always had a reputation for producing a lot of very large fish, but now, with the addition of the artificial reefs constructed from the rubble of the center spans of the old bridges, the fishing is really beginning to boom.
Both are the width of the original four lanes of the two old bridges, and you can drive your car onto the pier and park it right next to the area that you wish to fish.
www.flfish.com /how_to/sunshinepier.htm   (1145 words)

 FDOT Structures Design Office - Aesthetic Bridge Lighting   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Bridge aesthetics is an important design consideration for all new bridges in Florida, especially for structures located in high profile areas of the state.
A key issue of bridge lighting systems is the ability to maintain such systems throughout the life of the structure.
The proposed lighting scheme for the MacArthur Causeway Bridge is to be similar to the Dodge Island bridge which is also located in the vicinity.
www.dot.state.fl.us /structures/botm/bridgelighting/lighting.htm   (630 words)

 CTLGroup - Sunshine Skyway Bridge St
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a twin-pylon cable-stayed bridge with a main span of 1200 ft and two side spans of 540 ft. The bridge deck cross-section consists of concrete box segments.
CTLGroup was engaged to measure tension forces for all of the bridge's 84 stay cables.
The non-contact laser vibrometer used for the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is capable of acquiring reliable data from distances of hundreds of feet.
www.ctlgroup.com /template_project.asp?topic=2304   (252 words)

 Sunshine Skyway Disaster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
May 9, 1980, during a blinding spring squall, the freighter Summit Venture rammed into the Sunshine Skyway and knocked out a 1,200-foot length of the bridge across the mouth of Tampa Bay.
The accident, one of the worst bridge disasters in U.S. history, forever raised a nation's consciousness about protecting bridges from wayward ships.
Supports for the new Sunshine Skyway, which opened in 1987, have a state-of-the-art design that is supposed to keep such a tragedy from happening again.
www2.sptimes.com /weather/SW.2.html   (110 words)

 Bridges--Technology lesson plan (grades 6-8)--DiscoverySchool.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Many bridges are icons for the cities or regions in which they are located.
Students should include in their presentations descriptions of the designs and features of the bridges, including pictures or diagrams and brief descriptions of the areas in which the bridges are located.
Context: The magnified sways and twisting of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge were caused by the resonance of 40-mile-per-hour winds and the natural oscillations of the bridge.
school.discovery.com /lessonplans/programs/bridges   (1636 words)

 Sunshine Skyway Bridge reopens to some vehicles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
PETERSBURG - The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is still closed to all high-profile vehicles because of winds being kicked up by Hurricane Wilma as it crosses South Florida.
Regular vehicles, including vans and SUVs, were not allowed to cross the bridge for about two hours during the morning, when sustained winds of 50 mph were detected.
According to troopers, the highest gust recorded at the bridge during the storm was 76 mph.
www.abcactionnews.com /stories/2005/10/051024skyway.shtml   (182 words)

 Page Title   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is Florida's only cable stay bridge built and opened in April 1987 after the destruction of the first Sunshine skyway bridge in May of 1980 by the impact of the freighter Summit Venture killing 35 people and knocking the center span out.
Subsequently that old bridge was turned into the fishing pier in 1990 where the photo's were shot from.
The new bridge was built to handle any accidental impacts.
floridasimages.com /index_027.htm   (102 words)

 Sunshine Skyway Bridge
The new Sunshine Skyway Bridge opened in 1987 with a state-of-the-art design.
It is four miles of superstructure that is awe inspiring with a vertical clearance of 193 feet.
In 1980 one of the worst disasters involving a bridge in the United States happened when a freighter rammed into the bridge during a blinding squall and knocked out a large section.
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 FOX13 Investigative
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a design masterpiece that defines the Tampa Bay area.
The Sunshine Skyway has never been completely repainted, just touched up, and those discolored splotches mar the view for nearly 50 thousand motorists who pass over it every day.
The toll booths on each side of the bridge take in a lot of money, but only about $2.6 million has been spent on paint since the bridge was built, and that money went toward the touch-up job back in 1998.
www.wtvt.com /investreptr/skyway.html   (656 words)

 Exploring Florida Bridges Photograph Gallery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Lafayette Street bridge in Tampa being raised to let a steamboat, the "Favorite," pass underneath while a trolley waits for the bridge to go down.
The new Sunshine Skyway Bridge opened in 1987 next to the old bridge.
The old bridge was damaged by a large freight ship in 1980, and was later removed.
fcit.coedu.usf.edu /Florida/photos/transprt/bridges/bridges.htm   (121 words)

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