It was Friday, May 9, 1980 at 7:33 a.m. when the freighter Summit Venture rammed into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during a severe storm.  The roadway above crashed into the waters of Tampa Bay. Though the blinding rain, drivers in the southbound lanes were unable to see the missing roadway ahead.  Six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound Bus plunged into the waters below, and 35 people were killed.

Florida Department of Transportation

Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard is closed at U.S. 19 in Clearwater after officials said a truck hit the overpass.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the truck damaged a bridge girder when it hit the overpass.

Officials said the steel girder, which weighs about 70 tons and was part of the old bridge, is now hanging and needs to be removed.

Engineers will remove all four girders on the old U.S. 19 bridge over Gulf-to-Bay over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and expect delays.

New Tampa Opens Up New Bridge

Feb 27, 2013

It's not even a mile long, but the New Tampa Boulevard Bridge may go a long way toward relieving traffic congestion on Bruce B. Downs in New Tampa.  

The bridge crosses over Interstate 75 connecting Commerce Park Boulevard in the Tampa Palms community with New Tampa Boulevard in the West Meadows community- behind the Muvico Movie Theatre.