Ribbon-cutting on the brand-new BB took location June 2, 1993. A “Penny for Pinellas” gas tax rather prevailed, making the necessity of pesky tolls and the construction of a toll booth on the south end of the BB unnecessary and hence protecting important marshland.

Yes, the Skyway Bridge is method cool, however thats in St. Pete, not Clearwater. Ergo, Im sticking to the style due to the fact that Im a devoted Clearwater citizen and Ive been promising Kelly this piece for weeks.

For some reason the Bayside Bridge (lets use “BB” for short) amazes me, even if– quite honestly– I find the Memorial Bridge far more romantic in its traverse of the attractive Intracoastal Waterway. My lame self-deprecating humor aside, I appreciate this girder bridges uniqueness and usefulness, not the least of which being a helpful bypass of the option: going around usually congested U.S. Highway 19.

BB is built like a pit bull: low to the ground (waterline, actually), stout and strong. The three lanes in each instructions are rarely loaded, thus permitting for letting the right foot to lay a bit heavier than regular on the gas pedal. Real, the speed limitation is 55 miles per hour, however addressing the legal limit will have you reading lots of decal as the lorries pass you like a tricycle in a NASCAR race.

Take a drive on the BB, and while it wont make your list of the most beautiful vistas on the planet, it will not be on your list of the ugliest sights either. Plus, it darn sure beats getting stuck in rush-hour traffic on U.S. 19.

I like bridges. I even liked Lloyd Bridges and his 1950s TELEVISION diving series “Sea Hunt,” however thats not just irrelevant to this short article, it likewise lays bare the fact that Im an old-timer.

Some state the bridge on the south end used to be quite bumpy, triggering your car to bounce in what was understood as “The Bayside Boogie.”

In Clearwater we have 4 such significant bridges: the Clearwater Memorial Bridge extending from downtown Clearwater to Clearwater Beach; the Sand Key Bridge extending from Clearwater Beach to (duh) Sand Key; the Courtney Campbell Causeway Bridge connecting Tampa to Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in eastern Clearwater; and the Bayside Bridge thats a western extension of McMullen Booth Road leading to the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport. Yes, the Skyway Bridge is way cool, however thats in St. Pete, not Clearwater. For some factor the Bayside Bridge (lets utilize “BB” for brief) captivates me, even if– rather honestly– I discover the Memorial Bridge far more romantic in its traverse of the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway. My lame self-deprecating humor aside, I admire this girder bridges individuality and usefulness, not the least of which being an useful bypass of the alternative: going around normally busy U.S. Highway 19.

Function photo by Stoney Lawrentz, stoneylawrentz.gallery

Nay, I speak here of the bridges traversing bodies of water to link parts of land. In Clearwater we have 4 such noteworthy bridges: the Clearwater Memorial Bridge extending from downtown Clearwater to Clearwater Beach; the Sand Key Bridge extending from Clearwater Beach to (duh) Sand Key; the Courtney Campbell Causeway Bridge linking Tampa to Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in eastern Clearwater; and the Bayside Bridge thats a western extension of McMullen Booth Road leading to the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport. The terminus of the latter bridge is 49th Street North, with the Feather Sound location to the east, Largo to the west and St. Pete to the south.

At dawn on the northbound side of the BB, on a clear day you can capture a good horizon city view of Tampa in the distance over Tampa Bay; for those fascinated by the dark side of the force, those travelling southward on the method to 49th Street cant miss out on the county jail and the huge selection of surrounding bail bond shops. Ugh.