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The Gandy Bridge

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The Gandy Bridge 1930

 

The Gandy Bridge (24 k)

 

The Gandy Bridge, the first to cross Tampa Bay, was a dream of former Philadelphia industrialist George S. "Dad" Gandy 10 years before it was a reality. After two years of construction, Dad Gandy made the dedication speech on November 20, 1924 with a four-word one liner, "The bridge is built!" It cost $3 million to build at that time and was one of the longest bridges in the world. The 2 1/2 mile concrete bridge with 3 1/2 miles of causeways cut the driving distance between St. Petersburg and Tampa from 43 miles to 19 miles.