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January/February 2005

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Florida's FAMOUS BRIDGES
As the daily temperature drops

Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Sunshine Skyway Bridge
St. Petersburg and Bradenton

At 29,040 feet long, the Skyway is the world's longest cable-stayed concrete bridge. Tampa Bay's old cantilever bridge was destroyed in 1980 when a freighter, Summit Venture, plowed into it, causing more than 1,000 feet of the bridge to fall into the bay. The Department of Transportation began immediate reconstruction on a safer bridge, which opened to traffic in 1987 and has won dozens of architectural awards.

Broadway Bridge
Riverfront Park Daytona Beach

This 62-foot-tall bridge extends from Hwy US 92 across the Intracoastal Waterway and connects the mainland to Daytona's barrier island and the beach. A pedestrian walkway across the bridge allows visitors an up-close view of the mosaic depictions on the bridge.

BROADWAY Bridge

Dale Earnhardt Memorial Bridge
Daytona

This $4.2-million pedestrian overpass provides safe passage for Daytona International Speedway's race fans. The structure was named in memory of Earnhardt, who was killed in a crash on the last turn of the speedway in 2001. Plaques honoring Dale Earnhardt are located on both ends of the bridge.

James & Hazel Gates Woodruff Memorial Bridge
Delray Beach

Marking the entrance to Morikami Japanese Gardens, the bridge was erected in memory of Mrs. Woodruff, a lover of Japanese gardens, by her husband, a U.S. Naval Commander and veteran of Pearl Harbor.

Seven Mile Bridge
Florida Keys

At a total length of 35,862 feet or 6.79 miles, the present seven-mile-bridge connects Vaca Key to Bahia Honda in the Lower Keys and has attracted many filmmakers. Its "Hollywood credits" include True Lies, 2 Fast 2 Furious and License to Kill.

DALE EARNHARDT MEMORIAL Bridge

The Truman Bridge
Duck Key

Visitors to the Keys are usually unaware that a favorite refuge of Harry S. Truman was Duck Key and the Indies Inn, now known as Hawk's Cay Resort.
Truman agreed to have his name given to this appropriate landmark on Duck Key and today, the Truman Bridge spans the waterway separating Indies Island from the residences of Duck Key. -