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the skyway bridge

original bridge images updated: 07.18.13
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opening day, labor day, 09.06.54



















l-r: Governor Charley Johns, General James A. Van Fleet, U.S. Senator Spessard Holland.






























Shortly before 11:00 A.M. helicopters and planes fly overhead with cameramen as the
motorcade approaches the center of the ship channel bridge.


 the Bee Line Ferry's 'Manatee' (One of four vessels) strikes her house flag,
thus terminating 30 years of service on the Pinellas-Manatee crossing.
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original span under construction.

















finishing up the bridge.




08.1954, 'popular mechanics magazine' article on the new bridge.
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1950's


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1963
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  1962 road map.

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 07.17.11, aaron, clearwater, florida, I have a business with vintage ads and came across this and skywaybridge.com was the first place to come in mind because I think some? most? could appreciate this. This is an original ad from 1958 back when the original skyway was still on it's single span 2 lane traffic.

image from the same vantage point.

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  1957 'Caterpillar' Print Advertisement

full size
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the second span
opened 05.19.71 for two lanes of southbound traffic and knocked down on 05.09.80.

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original first span in use during construction of new bridge.


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1989
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skyway bridge timeline - tampabay.com
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