Published: May 13, 2013 10:24 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The eastern portions of the Sunshine Skyway fishing piers will close due to deterioration that makes them difficult to maintain.
The Florida departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection have announced the structures will close Aug. 29. They say years of deterioration and saltwater corrosion have made the piers unsafe.
The Tampa Tribune ( ) reports the western piers will remain open for fishing. But state officials will continue to monitor the western piers. They'll be modified to allow two-way traffic and 300 parking spaces.
When the current Sunshine Skyway Bridge was built over Tampa Bay in 1987, portions of the old bridges became part of the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.
Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune,

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