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Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Coordinates 27°37′30″N 82°39′30″W / 27.625°N 82.65833°W / 27.625; -82.65833
Carries 4 lanes of I-275 and US 19
Crosses Tampa Bay
Locale South of St. Petersburg and north of Terra Ceia, Florida
Maintained by Florida Department of Transportation
ID number 150189
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)
Clearance above 193 feet (59 m)
Clearance below 175 feet (53 m)
Opened 1954 (original bridge, collapsed 1980)
April 20, 1987 (new bridge)
Daily traffic 50,500
Toll $1 for passenger cars or $0.75 with SunPass
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Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a highway bridge in Tampa Bay, Florida, that crosses 29,040 feet (5.5 miles or about 8.85 km). Every day, about 50,500 vehicles (cars and trucks) cross over the bridge. The bridge is considered Florida's "flag bridge" (Florida's most important bridge). On May 9, 1980, a freighter ship, called the MV Summit Venture, ran into one of the bridge's supporting columns. 1200 feet (366 meters) of the bridge fell into the water, and 35 people were killed. The bridge was reconstructed to its current version in 1987.

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