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Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a 6.7km-long (4.14 miles) bridge built over Tampa Bay, Florida, in USA. Its height is 430 feet (131 m) and is said to be the longest cable stayed concrete bridge in the world. It’s one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.

It is part of I-275 (SR 93) and US 19 (SR 55) roads. It links St. Petersburg in Pinellas County and Terra Ceia in Manatee County. An estimated 52,000 vehicles use the bridge. Don't be fooled by its sunny name, the history alone makes going over "Sunshine Skyway Bridge" scary. In 1980, the freighter MV Summit Venture collided with a support column during a blinding thunderstorm causing the bridge to collapse.  The collision caused six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet (46 m) into the water, killing 35 people. On top of this, 207 people have committed suicided by jumping off the center span into the Tampa Bay waters since 1987 when the new bridge was reconstructed. Prior to that, another 51 people have jumped to their deaths before the older bridge collapsed.  There are now 6 suicide hotlines placed along the bridge as a safety precaution and a constant reminder to its past. To add to the dark history of the bridge, during periods of severe thunderstorms and hurricanes, it is often shut down due to high wind advisories. The grade is steep and you feel like your on an endless ramp and will drop from a dizzying height after you reach the apex. The parallel lines of slanted bright yellow cables going by add to the disorienting vertigo. Even a seasoned bridge crosser can feel off on this bridge.

 

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