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Somehow our conversation in the "poll of polls" entry turned into a discussion of bridges.  I generally don't mind them.  I cross the Ohio River quite frequently and those bridges are pretty high and long, but they don't rattle me.  Ditto for the Ambassador Bridge which connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario.  But there are a few bridges, namely the Sunshine Skyway in Tampa and the Chesapeake Bay span (a combination bridge-tunnel) which kind of rattle me.   I've probably crossed the Skyway a dozen times and each time I am a bit frazzled by the time I get to the other end. Are there any other bridges out there that are so high and towering that you get white-knuckled while crossing?  I couldn't find a photo of the Skyway that really represented it.  But the above shows the steep grade of the crossing, what it doesn't show too well is just how long the bridge is.....

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I don't do bridges well, but mostly it's because of my fear of heights.  One for the worst for me personally was when we were stuck on the Interstate in Shreveport LA because of a wreck ahead of us & I could feel the vibrations from the semis on the other overpasses.

And I remember as a child, my mother was the only driver in the car & had been taking no-doz then drove across from St. Louis to Alton IL to take her friend & her family there for a visit.  Then we were to go back to my uncle's in St Louis.  As we were getting ready to come back across the old wooden bridge they had there, she got the shakes.  We were so very glad to get off that bridge!  And it didn't help matters for me that it wasn't too far from where she had just pointed out that my father had drowned when I was a baby!

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I am not crazy about bridges at all.  There is a 2 lane bridge that crosses Barkley lake into the Land Between the Lakes that isn't too long, however it isn't too wide either. It is longer than the one that crosses over the Ohio at Henderson/Evansville IN.  On this bridge, two cars or pickups can meet and make it good With little room to spare.   But when you have a 18 wheeler coming at you that is NO FUN.   Also try to do it when you are driving a school bus.  The schools would take field trips to the LBL, and the only way was this bridge.  I would start praying that no semi was coming when we started over the bridge. 

We also have a one lane bridge (over 100 years old) that crosses over a railroad track.  It goes up at a steep angle and rounds out at the top with another steep angle going down the other size.  You can't see anything coming until you both meet at the top.  I don't know how many times I have had to back up on it.  I try and go the other way when ever possible.

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Cow Nope, none of these either, Tom!  Laughing

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I wonder do they allow bikes over that??????

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Good question...My guess is "no" since it is an Interstate highway, usually no bikes, pedestrians, farm animals, etc...

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Wouldn't you like to try it though?  coming down the other side would be hair raising I bet...

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Which bridge is the picture of?

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I do believe it is the Skyway that Kevin is talking about

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Correct Tom, that is the Sunshine Skyway connecting Tampa with Bradenton, Florida....

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Wow, I saw some other pics of it online, I would be completely hiding and freaked, too much time over water!!! 

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Geez, I get a tightness in my chest just looking at that picture!!!  I'd be in complete panic mode if I had to actually cross it.

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YIKES!!  That bridge looks like a Roller Coaster to me Surprised   :)

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That was my daughter's first reaction, right along with the YIKES!

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Yikes! I'm a nervous Nelly, anyway, when it comes to traveling. We passed over the Ohio river last week, into N. KY to take a sightseeing cruise on a riverboat, and the bridge didn't bother me, but what did was the ride through Cincinnati! And I wasn't even the one driving, my husband was! I told him it would be best if he would just put a bag over my head when we are traveling through any large cities, LOL No thanks to any of those bridges mentioned, however, I have been across the Ambassaror bridge that connects Detroit to Windsor, and that one never bothered me, but again, I was never the one doing the driving. MY BIL and SIL who live in MD have told me about the Chesapeake Bay bridge there. No way I am ever going over that one, if we go there to visit!

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Just to be clear, Maryland's Bay Bridge is NOTHING compared to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Kevin mentioned.  While I white-knuckle going back and forth over the bridge still, it was a necessity when I was in college, so I got sort of used to it.  It's a little over 4 miles long and connects the eastern and western shores of Maryland.  The CBB-T is MASSIVE and completely terrifying.  LOL!  It's a 20-mile monster combining low- and high-level bridges, tunnels, and man-made islands which connects Virginia's eastern shore with its mainland.  For most of the drive you feel like you're on the road to nowhere.  And God-forbid you have to make the trip in bad weather!!

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Yes, bridges freak me a bit.

We have tons of bridges here in WA, there are 3 main floating bridges, in Seattle, 1-90 and 520 and over on the pennisula, the Hood Canal Bridge, which sunk in a February 13 storm back in the late seventies, and is now rebuilt.  There is "Galloping Gertie" that fell in a wind storm in the '40's or the Tacoma Narrows Bridge which now has two suspension bridges one in each direction, it's high and long over the Sound - this bridge freaks me out.  Then there are several draw bridges in Seattle, the Ballard Bridge, Fremont and University Bridges, I-5 is basically a giant bridge and the Aurora Bridge (lots of folks like jumping off this one to commit suicide)  You can't get into Seattle from the north without crossing a bridge, you can drive south all the way around Lake Washington on I-405 and enter the city from the south without a bridge.

We took a night tour of the Bay area that took us over the Bay Bridge, in a double decker bus I was completely freaked the whole time!  The bridge over the Ohio out of Louisville, into IN was a pretty big and high bridge, I'm glad we didn't end up on the one in the picture you posted Kevin, that looks really scary. 

The bridge between WA and OR near Astoria over the Columbia is a pretty big one, and the bridge over the Columbia in Eastern WA at Vantage can get super windy, making for a treacherous crossing.  Our answer to crossing large bodies of water here is the WA State ferry system!          

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Ooh, I don't like driving over bridges. It took me a while to get used to the Bay Bridge when I lived in Oakland, especially after what happened in the Loma Prieta Earthquake. The Coronado Bridge in San Diego is my least favorite bridge, it just seems too high and too open (low side rails).

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Wow, good thing that's in Florida - traveling that with that grade on it in winter up here would be to say the least, tricky

 

We have another up here which is actually an overpass bridge type - The Zilwaukee Bridge - it's the butt of all jokes around here, basically because when they built it it didn't match up to the other side or something. then there was an accident some the posts sank and tilted and cracked the concrete deck and all sorts of problems...

It replaced the drawbridge we used to have and that bridge was fun because it would back up traffic on I-75 for MILESSSSSSS when it had to be lifted...

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The Skyway Bridge is 5.5 miles, and the Mighty Mac is 5, but is the worlds 3rd longest suspension bridge and the longest of any in North America. The Skyway is a cable-stayed bridge.  

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It's no longer in use, but the OLD seven mile bridge in the Florida Keys was one that I hated due to it was a narrow two lane bridge. If there was a wreak on it (which would happen at lease once a week) you were stuck there for hours!!! Also there was an articule several years ago in the Enquirer about hazerous bridges in the Greater Cincinnati area and that made MANY bridges in this area are scary to travel on. Couldn't find that articule but thought you would find this bridge's info interesting concidering we travel it quite frequently: http://www.cincinnati.com/news/bridge/