June 27th, 2012 categories: News and Views
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge reopened at 3 a.m. today after being closed since Sunday at 4 p.m. This is a record length of time for the bridge to be closed – the prior record was approximately 8 hours during Tropical Storm Gabrielle in 2001. Two work days without the bridge is a major inconvenience for commuters, turning a 30 minute commute into one 3 times that long. Over 50,000 vehicles cross the Skyway daily. High winds were the reason for the closure, resulting from Tropical Storm Debby.
The Howard Frankland Bridge (I-275) and the Courtney Campbell also had partial or full closures. Reminder: if there’s a hurricane warning and if you’re going to evacuate – do it early, before most of the evacuation routes are closed due to bridge closures!