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skyway bridge articles

non-jumper skyway articles, 1980 - 1999.
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01.01.97: new policy - full article in response to this accident.
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12.11.91: full article
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02.10.88: full article smoke 'em if you got 'em.
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04.20.87: current skyway span opens.
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02.09.87: new tampa bay bridge called symbol of progress.
02.09.87: nytimes.com, Seven years after a tanker rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, killing 35 motorists, a sleek new span across Tampa Bay has been dedicated.
At ceremonies Saturday, the new bridge was hailed by Senator Bob Graham as ''an important symbol of the unity of the Tampa Bay region.'' As Florida's Governor, Mr. Graham had lobbied for the project, whose importance has grown along with the development of Southwest Florida in the years since the accident.
While the old bridge was largely used by commuters and fishermen, the new bridge is seen as a key link in the interstate highway system. Local business leaders and politicians also hope it will stimulate growth in the rural counties to the south across the bay from booming St. Petersburg and Tampa. New Bridge Cost $230 Million
The new single-span bridge, supported by a network of cables hung from two concrete pylons, was built at a cost of $230 million. Stretching 4.1 miles across the mouth of the bay, it will eliminate traffic congestion resulting from the closing of one of the twin spans of the old bridge. For drivers who preferred to avoid the jams by taking the round-the-bay route between St. Petersburg and Bradenton, the bridge will save 40 miles.
About 15,000 sightseers walked on the bridge after a parade Saturday, but the span will not be opened to traffic until next month because crews must finish painting the cables and the center stripes. And a pier protection system to guard the bridge against another wayward ship will not be completed until late next year.
Still standing in the bay is the original Sunshine Skyway built in 1954, which was struck by a phosphate freighter in a storm on May 9, 1980. The midsection of the southern span is missing, a reminder of the accident that caused a 1,200-foot steel section to collapse, sending a Greyhound bus, at least five cars and a pickup truck plunging 154 feet into the water. The old bridge will be dismantled, a process that will take many months.
Florida transportation officials appealed to the Federal Highway Administration for $5.1 million to repair the bridge, but were told that it was obsolete and should be replaced.
Local boosters hope that the advanced design and innovative construction techniques of the new bridge will serve as a magnetic symbol of the region's growing sophistication. Glass and concrete skyscrapers have sprouted since the bridge accident, and banking, brokerage and financial consulting firms have replaced phosphate mining and agricultural concerns as the area's economic backbone.
''I think that whatever the Golden Gate Bridge says for San Francisco, the Skyway says for this area,'' said William C. Pashen, vice president and project manager for the company that built the major portions of the bridge.
The new Skyway was conceived by an American and a French bridge builder, Eugene Figg and Jean M. Muller, who formed Figg & Muller Inc. in 1978.
Modeled after the Brotonne Bridge over the Seine River in France, the Skyway pioneers engineering techniques that the designers say allow construction of longer bridges. The Skyway has internal cables that pass through a series of box-shaped concrete sections of the roadway. The sections, weighing up to 500 tons each, were cast on shore and shipped to the constuction site on barges.
The bridge's stability is maintained by 21 cables, each six to eight inches in diameter, that fan out from the tops of two 432-foot pylons. The cables, anchored every 24 feet along the span, are each able to support the weight of more than 400 cars.
Ships passing beneath the new Skyway will have 1,000 feet of clearance between the main piers and 175 feet between the underside of the center span and the waterline For all its glitter, however, the new Skyway was not built without problems. A steel construction gantry collapsed in 1984, injuring four workers and delaying work for about six months. In a separate mishap, a workman died when he jumped into the bay to retrieve a $10 bucket. Another was struck and killed by a car while installing reflectors on the south end of the bridge and a third man was crushed by a falling crane in a contractor's workyard. Delays set back the scheduled opening date by 17 months and added an extra $50 million to the cost.
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03.05.85: full opinion article
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10.18.82: full article
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09.20.82: full opinion article - skyway safety concerns
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01.12.81: full anti-tunnel opinion article
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10.18.80: more tunnel debate. full article
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09.11.80: more tunnel talk. full article
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05.20.80: no one jumps off a tunnel. full article
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05.09.80: ship collision collapses the skyway. 35 die. disaster page.
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02.20.80: full opinion article
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