Improvements to Sunshine Skyway Bridge include paint job and netting

ABC7 News at 11pm
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 9:01 PM EDT
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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is seeing improvements.

New netting and a paint job is giving the bridge a facelift. Crews are repainting the yellow cables on top of the bridge and adding corrosion protection. While the new improvements to the Skyway Bridge are underway, the Florida Highway Patrol is still urging motorists to be careful.

“We want to remember to give those workers a safe space to work with,” said Trooper Kenn Watson. “Also, when you begin to see the signs and the orange barrels, we want to make sure that we are slowing down, we want to make sure that we are traveling at a safe speed.”

A major improvement that was completed some time ago is the vertical netting on the sides of the bridge that creates a barrier to help prevent suicides, which have been an issue. Fishermen at the Skyway Fishing Pier say they are happy to see these improvements, especially the netting.

“I think it’s very, very important for safety,” said Angel Pinzon who uses the Sunshine Skyway Bridge frequently. “It’s good for everybody because in the past I know they had some problems, but now they are keeping everybody safe.”

Troopers provide coverage on and around the bridge 24 hours a day. Watson says the netting is making a huge difference.

“Anytime we can assist with making sure people will be safer, that is something we’re going to look to,” said Watson. “The netting, without question, will save lives.”

As for the painting at the bridge, that project got started late last year. It’s expected to be finished later this year.

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