from the Sunshine Skyway and other toll roads in Florida will help
pay for other roads under a plan being carried out in the state, The St. Petersburg Times reported Aug. 19.
Skyway, which the newspaper called “one of the state's healthiest
roads financially” is a combination causeway and bridge that runs
south out of St. Petersburg across the Tampa Bay, carrying I-275
from the peninsula that surrounds the bay back to the mainland portion
from the Skyway and the Pinellas Bayway, a road that connects several
islands south of St. Petersburg, will be used to pay for work on
two highways, U.S. 19 and State Route 60, The Times reported.
transfers of toll money between other roads has occurred in the
past, the transfer of money from the Sunshine Skyway and the Pinellas
Bayway, as well as the Beeline East Expressway, was authorized this
year by the Florida Legislature.
allowed money from those three roads to be used to “fund transportation
projects located within the county or counties in which the facility
is located.” The bill was approved by both houses in May and signed
into law by the governor July 14.
Sunshine Skyway includes a large cable-stayed bridge that was completed
in 1987. It replaced the original span, a traditional iron girder