Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


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The Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge is 21,877 feet long (4.1 miles) and is considered part of I-275 and US 19. The bridge spans across Tamp Bay and connects St. Petersburg to Pinellas County in Manatee County Florida. Some parts of this bridge are not the original construction. New construction for the bridge started in 1982 and was completed in February of 1987. The original bridge was built in 1954, but was partly destroyed in a collision in 1980 with a large feighter (the MV Summit Venture) collided with a support column during a storm, which sent part of the bridge into Tampa Bay at the cost of 35 lives. After its reconstruction, the bridge became the world’s longest cable-stayed concrete bridge.


(Accessed 17 May 2012)

(Accessed 17 May 2012)

(Accessed 17 May 2012)


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


Sunshine Skyway Bridge, St. Petersburg, Florida, Tampa Bay, bridge, cable-stayed bridge, skyway