Pensacola Bay Bridge

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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.

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The public suggestions for the name of the Pensacola Bay Bridge has been narrowed down. Nearly half of the submissions suggest naming the new bridge after U.S. Air Force Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James. Other suggestions include keeping the same name (Phillip D. Beall Memorial Bridge) and even variations of "Bridgey McBridgeface."

A total of 1,069 emails were submitted with 804 name suggestions. Below is a list of the suggestions:

"Beall", "current", and similar variations : 65

"James" variations : 359

"3 mile", "Three mile", and similar iteration: 57

Florida Department of Transportation

Time is running out for area residents to weigh in with their suggestions for naming the new Pensacola Bay Bridge. The joint naming committee, formed by Escambia County and the City of Gulf Breeze, will be taking suggestions until the close of business this Monday, June 3.

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For the past few months, a citizen’s group has been ramping up their appeal for legislation to name the new Pensacola Bay Bridge in honor of Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr.  

While the proposal has been gaining momentum, it doesn’t yet have the unanimous support needed to move forward this year.

But, backers are undeterred.

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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.

About 250 job seekers came to Pensacola State College Thursday morning, to get information about the jobs which will be available in construction of the new bridge over Pensacola Bay.

CareerSource EscaRosa and Skanska USA Civil Southeast hosted the three-hour “information session” in areas such as hiring needs, application procedures, and available subcontracting opportunities.

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.

  New York-based Skanska USA is the low bidder for the contract to build the new Pensacola Bay Bridge. The official announcement is expected Monday morning.

At just under $399 million Skanska outbid Johnson Brothers Corporation by $69 million. Ian Satter with the Florida Department of Transportation says according to the formula used, Skanska is the apparent winner.

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Florida’s Department of Transportation is mulling over the possible release of proposed plans for a new Pensacola Bay Bridge ahead of schedule

For now, the release of the five competing plans for the $460 million project is set for July 18 at FDOT’s Chipley office. Scoring of the plans is set for announcement July 7 in Milton. Neither date is sitting well with Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser, who says they reflect a lack of public input.

Plans to improve the Pensacola landing of the new Bay Bridge will be on display Tuesday evening.

The meeting at New World Landing downtown will introduce the project, go over the design process and gather public input. And, according to Ian Satter at the Florida Department of Transportation, clear up any confusion.

“This meeting is for the U.S. [Highway] 98 at Bayfront Parkway at 17th Avenue intersection,” Satter says. “It has nothing to do with the Pensacola Bay Bridge project. This is a completely separate study that we’re conducting.”

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Three major bridge projects in the Pensacola area are underway, including replacement of the 56-year-old span linking Pensacola to Gulf Breeze.

Construction began last September on two of the projects. Ian Satter at the Florida Department of Transportation says one involves the widening of, and improvements to, the Escambia Bay Bridge on Interstate-10.

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Travelers driving through the Pensacola area are advised to use caution, when approaching and going through a pair of major bridge projects.  

Work on the Escambia Bay Bridge on Interstate-10 began last week, at a cost of $38.6 million.

“[Construction] probably will last about nine months; there will still be two lanes of traffic in that area, they’ll just be a traffic shift,” said Ian Satter at the Florida Department of Transportation in Quincy.

The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) hosted a series of public workshops this week on the 2015 Transportation Project Priorities. The sessions provided an opportunity for residents to help determine a transportation game-plan for the area over the next 25 years.  

Dara

President Obama’s announcement Wednesday that bridge replacement would be accelerated under a new transportation plan includes one local project.

Speaking in Tarrytown, New York, Obama pointed to that city’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project – which is ahead of schedule -- as an example. And now, the President wants to broaden the list of such projects to be placed on the fast-track.

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