Since opening to traffic in 1987, the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge has been an icon for Florida. With 18 design awards, including the 1988 Presidential Award through the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is one of the most recognized cable-stayed bridges in the United States. It was the first cable stayed bridge in the U.S. to have a single plane of stays and single pylons and features a 1,200’ long precast main span. Still the longest precast concrete span in America. Dual elliptical piers for the main span create bridge art while reducing drag, a benefit in hurricane prone areas.
In November 2005, the bridge name was amended to become the "Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge" in honor of the former Florida Governor and Senator.
The 1988 Presidential Award through the National Endowment for the Arts awards jury noted, "Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a superb technical achievement and a work of art. The concrete bridge was constructed utilizing… precast segmental construction… resulting in a thin silhouette that seems to float in mid-air, an effect made even more dramatic by a 1,200' central span."
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