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Sunshine Skyway

General Information

Completion: 1971
Status: collapsed (9 May 1980)

Project Type

Structure: main bridge:
Cantilever truss bridge
Through truss bridge
approaches:
Deck truss bridge
Function / usage: Motorway bridge / freeway bridge
Material: Steel bridge

Location

Location: , , ,
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Crossed:
  • Tampa Bay
Next to: Sunshine Skyway (1954)
Replaced by: Sunshine Skyway Bridge (1987)
Coordinates: 27° 37' 9.15" N    82° 39' 27.10" W

Technical Information

Materials

truss steel

Chronology

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.

Participants

Structural engineering

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  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    20003386
  • Date created
    27/05/2002
  • Last Update
    06/07/2016