Pensacola Bay Bridge Replacement

FDOT

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.

Florida Department of Transportation

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.

FDOT

Governor Rick Scott made a stop in Pensacola Monday morning to talk about building bridges-- literally. Scott, along with many state and local officials gathered at the north end of the 3 Mile Bridge to talk about the bridge replacement project and its impact on the area. "A 398 million dollar project. As you might expect you had a lot of people making sure this bridge was done right." 

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

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.

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.”