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District 3 state Representative Jayer Williamson is pitching the idea of transferring jurisdiction over Woodbine Road in Pace from Santa Rosa County to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Earlier this week, Pensacola area residents got a second chance to review and comment on Florida Department of Transportation plans to improve pedestrian safety on Cervantes Street. Most aspects of the road safety project are getting thumbs up. But, at least one proposed feature is drawing some push back.

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The Florida Department of Transportation has announced that the traffic shift to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge has been pushed back one week.  

Now the first shift will take place on Sunday, August 4. That evening eastbound traffic, from Pensacola to Gulf Breeze, will be shifted to the new bridge. Later that week, on Thursday, August 8, westbound traffic from Gulf Breeze to Pensacola will start flowing on the new span. 

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The new Pensacola Bay Bridge project reached another milestone this week as the first of the two 150-foot tall white arches planned for the outside of each span was raised and attached.

"This is a huge milestone for us," said Ian Satter from the Florida Department of Transportation. FDOT invited members of the media onto the bridge Thursday morning to watch the installation of the arch. Satter says there have been a few milestones going back to the beginning of construction to the recent joining of both ends of the bridge in the center.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Less than a year after ST Engineering opened next to Pensacola International Airport, a major funding boost has been granted for the planned expansion of the aviation repair facility.

In a letter to Mayor Grover Robinson, the Florida Department of Transportation confirmed $20 million going to “Project Titan” for infrastructure. FDOT is now busy removing the funding from several other projects, which is expected to take about eight weeks.

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The Florida Department of Transportation took time out this week to address the many questions and concerns that have arisen following news of cracks in the concrete of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge.

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State and local officials have unveiled plans to improve safety along Cervantes Street in Pensacola. The first step is the installation of new lighting along the roadway.

“And, today we’re making the announcement that a two-and-a-half mile stretch is going to be lighted with 72 lights and it started today,” declared state Senator Doug Broxson of Gulf Breeze.

He made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday morning at the Brownsville Community Center as dozens of neighborhood children looked on.

  Round two of frigid weather in the Florida Panhandle closely resembles that from a couple of weeks ago. But there is some light, and warmth, at the end of the tunnel.

Precipitation from the southernmost reaches of Winter Storm Inga led to a number of closings in northwest Florida the past couple of days: schools, roads, bridges and overpasses. Meteorologist Jeff Huffman at the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network says the silver lining is that the rest of the winter mix is tracking to the north and east.

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You’ll be able to drive just a bit faster on some on area highways soon. In fact, one of the changes has already taken place. With the road construction on Interstate 10 near Scenic Highway winding down, the speed limit has been raised back to 70 miles per hour from the Davis Highway exit to the Escambia Bay Bridge. The limit was set at 60 during the road widening project.

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As Hurricane Irma, still a strong Category 4 storm as of Friday evening, continues to barrel toward South Florida, state and local officials have ramped up efforts to help those fleeing the devastating storm.

For the past week, Florida Governor Rick Scott has been traveling the state urging all residents to be prepared for Irma. On Friday, he conducted briefings in Tampa, Ft. Myers and West Palm Beach. At more nearly 400 miles across, Irma will impact almost every part of the state. 

Four hundred and fifty eight years after being sunk by a hurricane in Pensacola Bay, archeologists are working to make sure some undiscovered ships in Tristan de Luna’s fleet won’t face a new, twenty first century threat.

Three of de Luna’s vessels, of the six scuttled by the hurricane in 1559, have been discovered and are under investigation, including one discovered in 2016. There is speculation that the other three could be in the general area of the new Bay Bridge construction site.

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The Florida Department of Transportation is wrapping up a series of workshops in Escambia County. The classes are designed to help small, minority-owned companies seeking to do business with FDOT.

The day-long sessions are being held on Fridays over a five-week period, ending March 3. They were available at no charge to companies already designated or wanting to be designated as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises or DBE’s.

Ground Is Broken on Pensacola Aerospace Facility

Oct 30, 2016
Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Two years after the initial announcement, and four months after the original start of production, ground was broken Friday on an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Pensacola International Airport.

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward served as master of ceremonies, to announce plans for a 173,000 square foot hangar on 19 acres adjacent to the airport – making the city part of the aerospace landscape.

City of Pensacola

  While many are excited about the design proposals for the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, one Pensacola City Council member is not among them. 

Along with serving on the Council, Brian Spencer is also an architect and developer. He views the bridge project in that light, as well as an interested observer.

“I’ve been able to travel to many different cities, both in the United States as well as abroad,” said Spencer. “And find more often than not, cities provide these bridges as a signature to a community, a district, or a city.”

Skanska USA

  New York-based Skanska USA is a step closer to getting the contract to replace the current Pensacola Bay, also called Three Mile Bridge, that opened in 1960. 

Tentative approval was given Monday in Milton by a three-member committee of Florida Department of Transportation officials. At just under $399 million, Skanska bested four other firms. FDOT spokesman Ian Satter says it’s now on to the next step.

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