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Old 07-08-2014, 01:20 PM
 
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What do you guys think?

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"Raising the existing bridge would cost up to $1.5 billion, leave the bridge closed for 18 months to two years, and take three years to complete. But that option also creates a "high risk of instability" while raising the spans, the report said.

• Bay area officials could build a new cruise ship port west of the Skyway Bridge so that the megaships won't have to travel under the bridge. But that would mean building in Pinellas County, along environmentally sensitive areas.

• Or the bay area could do nothing. Instead, Port Tampa Bay could become a port of call for older, smaller ships. The mega-ships would find other places to call home."


State's long-awaited cruise ship study lays out options facing Tampa Bay | Tampa Bay Times
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Land O' Lakes, FL
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Actually you missed the very first part of the article

• The state could build a new Sunshine Skyway that can allow the massive new cruise ships the industry is rapidly adopting to pass under it. The current bridge, finished in 1987, isn't tall enough to allow cruise ships of the future.

According to the FDOT report, the Skyway can handle cruise ships that measure 180 feet from the top of the waterline. But mega-ships can sit as high as 225 feet about the waterline.

The report also addresses the option of raising the Skyway. But neither bridge option is cheap — or convenient for commuters.

Building a new Skyway would cost $2 billion. It would also take two years to tear down the old bridge and four to build a new one
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:42 PM
 
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Actually you missed the very first part of the article

The state could build a new Sunshine Skyway that can allow the massive new cruise ships the industry is rapidly adopting to pass under it. The current bridge, finished in 1987, isn't tall enough to allow cruise ships of the future.

According to the FDOT report, the Skyway can handle cruise ships that measure 180 feet from the top of the waterline. But mega-ships can sit as high as 225 feet about the waterline.

The report also addresses the option of raising the Skyway. But neither bridge option is cheap or convenient for commuters.

Building a new Skyway would cost $2 billion. It would also take two years to tear down the old bridge and four to build a new one

Actually I was well aware of it, thats the whole part of the "debate" lol
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Build a new cruise ship terminal.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:44 PM
 
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Build a new cruise ship terminal.
In St Pete? According to the article thats the only place for it.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:59 PM
 
Location: South Tampa
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Wasn't there a mass rapid transit system finished in China recently that only cost $5 billion? Had like 40 stations...rather see that come to the Bay Area instead, personally- if we are talking about where to put these dollars.

However, "doing nothing" is usually not the right answer to anything...but then again, business is booming at Port of Tampa and Manatee has been getting busier as well with their recent berth expansions.

I certainly say building a totally new bridge is the better solution rather than having no bridge for 18 months to 2 years...too many people depend on it.

Kind of infuriates me that no one had the foresight to throw an extra 40-50 feet in there for good measure when they built the Skyway. So if boats need 225...how about let's make the new one 275 feet!
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:29 PM
 
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They should build a new one in tarpon springs since it's such a happening place, since I also keep hearing how it takes 20 min from the airport to Pasco it should be fine.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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In St Pete? According to the article thats the only place for it.
Where ever necessary. The fees collected from the cruise lines will pay off the new place in a short time.
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Old 07-08-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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Wasn't there a mass rapid transit system finished in China recently that only cost $5 billion? Had like 40 stations...rather see that come to the Bay Area instead, personally- if we are talking about where to put these dollars.
It's amazing how utilizing slave labor improves the economics of a project.

Do you think we can get the Teamsters to work for 10 cents an hour?
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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Isn't the Skyway already ridiculously, dizzyingly high? I've never been on it, but it seems crazy high from the pictures I've seen.

Would be cool if they could somehow create a second tier on it that's high enough, while not impeding traffic on the lower level, and then somehow make a drawbridge out of the first level once they open the second level. That way, you've doubled the amount of traffic that can flow across the bridge on 2 levels, and when the mega ships need to go under it, they could just put up the gates and raise the bottom level for it to pass under, and then let traffic go again.

Now, I fully understand that this isn't physically possible, but it would certainly be the coolest response to the problem :-)
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