At its opening the Sunshine Skyway was hailed by the St. Peters-burg Times as a triumph of function and beauty. “For decades to come, the new Skyway will bring tourists out of their way to see it, to ride on it. Tampa Bay will be known by it.” Stretching 4.18 miles, the 1200-foot main span is supported by two pylons reaching 431 feet above the water. Designed by Figg & Muller Engineers, Tallahassee, the bridge was built using precast segmental sections that weighed from 150 to 220 tons each—at the time, the heaviest match-cast segments ever placed.
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