This past Saturday a dedication ceremony for the accident that brought down the Skyway Bridge was held at the North rest stop.
It’s difficult to believe something named Sunshine Skyway can have so much tragedy surrounding it. The bridge was constructed in 1954 and stands at a height of 430 feet. This scenic drive across the 4.1 mile bridge is fun for some and scary for others. Its common to speak with people here and have a response of “I hold my breath until we cross”. Personally I am thrilled to soak up the views.
This past Saturday St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman spoke at a dedication memorial at the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge in remembrance of the collapse in 1980. 35 motorists died that day after a freighter crashed into the bridge. It wasn’t until 1987 that the rebuild was complete. In attendance were many family members of the victims and survivors as well.
This bridge is not only known for the accident but is also listed as the 4th most popular bridge for suicide and suicide attempts. It’s difficult to think of such heartache so close to paradise, but it happens every day all over the world. People feeling so hopeless think maybe they can catch a glimpse of the beauty as they exit but this is such a horrible way to go. Sparing the details and simply put, this isn’t the answer. If you or someone you love is suffering with thoughts of suicide and depression please seek or offer help. Let’s not drive by on another life. They are all worth saving.
If visiting the area and traveling the bridge for the first time there is a toll fee of $1.25 per car. We really appreciate Florida’s toll by plate system! The Sunshine Skyway Bridge connects St. Petersburg to Terra Ceia. No matter which direction you start from you will find great places on either side to complete your travels and can even make a day of visiting the park areas at the rest stops on both the North and South bound rest stops. Check out our day at the waterside post here.
Come take a virtual ride with us through the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Enjoy the views!
Thanks for reading and please check out our quick (cell phone) video of our drive from the the south to north end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Have a great week!
Mandy- Wild Red
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