The Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge is known to locals as the Sunshine Skyway Bridge or more casually the Skyway. (Daniel Robert Graham is an American lawyer, author, and politician who served as the 38th governor of Florida from 1979 to 1987 and a United States senator from Florida from 1987 to 2005.) The bridge spans Tampa Bay, Florida with a total length of 21,877ft. It is part of Interstate 275 (I-275) and U.S. Route 19 (US 19), connecting St. Petersburg in Pinellas County and Terra Ceia in Manatee County, Florida, passing over the waters of Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Manatee County, Florida. Construction of the current bridge began in 1982, and the completed bridge was dedicated on February 7, 1987. It is the tallest bridge in Florida. It is 430 feet tall at the highest point to allow tall cruise ships to go under as they enter Tampa Bay.
Photo by Joe Simms of Palmetto Florida
I have driven across the bridge many times. It is a real experience. Fast moving traffic often bumper to bumper, I pay close attention to the cars around me. Let me tell you when the wind blows your car shakes. It’s scary. They will often close the bridge due to tropical storms. As you pass over the water it looks like the ocean with blue-green colors. I often wish I could take photos of this beautiful bridge, but all the places where you can stop before the bridge or on the off fishing pier, do not give you a good view. You need to be up in the air like in a plane or huge ship, and let’s face it, I’m just an amateur photographer. Today I’m sharing photos from several local photographers of the gorgeous Skyway Bridge. Pic Smith Photograhy takes gorgeous photos using a drone.
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at night by Jon Signor
Winter is fog time here in central Florida next to the Gulf of Mexico. It was particularly heavy the middle of last week. I personally wouldn’t have driven over the Skyway that morning. I am surprised the bridge wasn’t closed. A professioal photographer shared his photos on Facebook. Pic Smiths Photography, Tampa You’d love all his photographs on the Pic Smiths Facebook page. He just asks for credit when the photos are shared. Thank you – you are amazing!
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