The Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Tampa Bay, Florida

Project Role: Prime Contractor
Owner/Agency: Florida DOT
Project Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
Start Date: June 13, 2012
Completion Date: June 8, 2013
Contract Value: $5,970,995.07

Project Description:

World Fiber Technologies, Inc. (World Fiber) is the prime contractor for fiber optic cable and new ITS device installation on the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge which spans Tampa Bay in Florida, connecting St. Petersburg in Pinellas County and Terra Ceia in Manatee County, Florida. The bridge is the considered #3 in the Travel Channel’s “Top 10 Bridges” and is also Florida’s flagship bridge.

The World Fiber Bridge Team replaced old fiber optic cable and installed additional cable on the bridge, enabling power service to new ITS devices including, HAR, RWIS, DMS, CCTV cameras, and VDS (also installed by World Fiber). The Bridge Team installed an additional 6.52 miles of underground fiber optic cable on the roadways approaching and exiting the bridge.

Installation of fiber optic cable and devices on the Skyway Bridge is considered complex work due to its height above Tampa Bay and its length of continual travel. Work requires seasoned experts in current bridge technology, specialty equipment and precise traffic management. World Fiber will complete the project without interruption to old equipment thus minimizing traffic issues and the impact on the motoring public.

Project Responsibilites:

  • 2 overhead cantilevers

  • 4 full span structures

  • 2 highway advisory radios (HAR)

  • 5 roadway weather information systems (RWIS)

  • 6 dynamic message signs (DMS)

  • 31 closed circuit TV (CCTV) cameras & thermal CCTV cameras

  • 27 video detection systems (VDS)

  • 25 ground mounted cabinets

  • 23 pole mounted cabinets

  • 29 specialty mounted cabinets

  • ITS pole installation and relocation

  • 4.65 miles of bridge fiber optic cable

  • 6.52 miles of roadway fiber optic cable

  • 114,300 linear feet of underground conduit

  • 58,500 linear feet of bridge conduit

  • 8,500 linear feet of directional boring

  • Splicing, termination & testing

  • Power service

  • Management of Traffic (MOT)