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Sunshine Skyway

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General Information

Status: demolished

Project Type

Structure: Box girder bridge
Function / usage: Motorway bridge / freeway bridge
Material: Steel bridge

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
  • Tampa Bay
Replaced by: Sunshine Skyway Bridge (1987)

Technical Information


truss steel


9 May 1980

A navigational error causes a large freight ship Summit Venture to hit a bridge pier during a storm. The cantilever span of one of the superstructures collapses into Tampa Bay. Several vehicles and a Greyhound bus fall into the waters killing 35 people.


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