Skyway - database entry
SKYWAY BRIDGE -- HISTORY 1954-1999
BIG: Databank: Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Sunshine Skyway Disaster
Skyway - St. Petersburg Times
In June, 1982, construction began on this 4 mile, 6.4 km. bridge across
Tampa Bay, Florida. The main span cable-stayed structure, with a
precast deck superstructure, was designed by Figg & Muller, the
approaches were designed by the Florida Dept. of Transportation.
This massive bridge was equipped with a bridge protection system, designed
by Parsons Brinkerhoff. This protection system was developed to
withstand an impact from an 87,000-ton tanker traveling at 10
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge has a main
span of 1200 ft., 365.7 m. and a vertical clearance of 193 ft., 58.8
m.. 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.
As of 4-24-01
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. For more information click here.