Welcome to Chris Watson Photography
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My name is Chris Watson, I‘m a non-professional photographer, website designer and a full-time resident of the City of St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA.

I created this site to provide residents of St. Pete Beach, Isla Del Sol, nearby communities and friends and familes, to see an up-close view of the construction of the new Pinellas Bayway Bridge, that connects Isla Del Sol and St. Pete Beach which began in early 2012 and completed late 2014.

The original 50 year old, two-lane drawbridge was replaced with a new four-lane, fixed-span bridge.

The new 65 foot-high bridge, allows (most) boats to pass underneath without impacting motorists, and is therefore expected to improve traffic flow by reducing congestion.

The contractor began building the new Eastbound lanes on the Southern side of the existing bridge. They started by installing the pilings which are the foundations of the new bridge.

Construction of the new Southern Span carrying the Eastbound lanes took just over 15 months. When it was completed, single lane traffic was then moved onto the new span.

The contractor then completely removed the old bridge and built the Northern Span carrying the Westbound lanes. This phase of the project also took 15 months and was finished in the Fall of 2014.

Please see the next page for more technical details. Picture courtesy of Mike Withers, photographed by him from his condo in Isla Del Sol.
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