Pensacola Bay Bridge Repair Update

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Pensacola Bay Bridge Repair Update - November 20, 2020
ReConnect - Pensacola Bay Bridge Repairs Continue (PDF 12.7MB)


Pensacola Bay Bridge Repair Update - October 26, 2020
ReConnect - Pensacola Bay Bridge Repairs Underway (PDF 2.54MB)

 


 

VIDEO UPDATES

Pensacola Bay Bridge Repair Update - November 20, 2020

Increased Resources to Repair the Pensacola Bay Bridge. Florida Department of Transportation contractors and specialists have bolstered their repair efforts to restore traffic on the damaged Pensacola Bay Bridge.

 

Pensacola Bay Bridge Repair Update - October 27, 2020

The Pensacola Bay Bridge repair team talks about the repair process and their approach to the challenges ahead.

 

 

Pensacola Bay Bridge Repair Update
October 15, 2020

Progress at the bridge continues and one damaged span of the bridge has been removed while crews continue to carefully remove damaged portions from additional spans in order to minimize impacts to the existing structure.

Pensacola Bay Bridge Repair Update
Sep 28, 2020

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is assessing and inspecting damage to the Pensacola Bay Bridge due to Hurricane Sally. This overview of the bridge highlights the individual components FDOT inspectors are investigating.

  

 

FAQ

Is the Pensacola Bay Bridge open?

No, the bridge is closed to all traffic. The structure suffered severe damage on Sept. 16, 2020, after multiple barges used in the construction of the bridge escaped their moorings in the high winds and seas and struck the bridge.

Was anyone injured during the incident?

No. Once damage was identified, FDOT immediately closed the bridge to all traffic. No drivers or vehicles were affected.

How is traffic being detoured while the bridge is being repaired?

Traffic is being detoured to the Garcon Point Bridge (State Road 281) or to State Road 87 in Santa Rosa County. Maps of the detour routes can be found here.

 


 

Garcon Point Bridge Detour 

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How do I travel from Pensacola to Gulf Breeze or Pensacola Beach? 

  • Travel north on I-110 to I-10 eastbound.
  • Take I-10 eastbound to Exit 22 (Avalon Boulevard/State Road 281).
  • Travel south on S.R. 281, cross the Garcon Point Bridge, and continue to U.S. 98.
  • Travel west on U.S. 98 to Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach.

 

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How do I travel from Gulf Breeze or Pensacola Beach to Pensacola? 

  • Take U.S. 98 eastbound to State Road 281.
  • Travel north on State Road 281.
  • Continue north on S.R. 281, crossing the bay via the Garcon Point Bridge.
  • At I-10, turn west to Pensacola.

 


 

State Road 87 Detour

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How do I travel from U.S.98 to I-10 using State Road 87?

  • Travel U.S. 98 to State Road 87 in Navarre
  • Go north on State Road 87 to I-10
  • Go west on I-10 to Pensacola

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From I-10 to U.S. 98, using State Road 87

  • Take I-10, Exit 31 (State Road 87) south.
  • Continue south on State Road 87 to U.S. 98 in Navarre
  • Travel west on U.S. 98 to Gulf Breeze to Pensacola Beach

 


 

Is there a toll on the Garcon Point Bridge?

Currently, the toll suspension on the bridge remains until 6 a.m. Friday, November 13, 2020.

Who is working on inspecting, evaluating, and repairing the bridge?

FDOT has compiled a statewide team of bridge engineering experts to inspect, evaluate, and repair the bridge.

Are there any restrictions on marine traffic?

Yes. The area around bridge repair/construction activities will continue to be an active construction zone. The U.S. Coast Guard has established a 500-yard buffer zone around ALL bridge construction activities. Only low or idle speeds may be used within the buffer zone. Crossing beneath the bridge is restricted to the center navigational channel that is delineated by the bridge arch.

Is the multiuse path open for bicyclists and pedestrians?

No. Bridge damage and subsequent repair activities require closure of the multiuse path. As is the case with vehicular traffic, there are currently no provisions for pedestrians or bicyclists.

How is the Pensacola Bay Bridge constructed?

Constructing the new Pensacola Bay Bridge involves an iterative process that begins with crews driving concrete piles into the bay floor. The piles provide the foundation for the structure. Atop the piles, crews install what is known as trophy pieces, which are concrete structures consisting of a footer, a column, and a cap in a single unit. They’re called trophy pieces because when they are placed in an upright position they resemble an athletic trophy. Once the trophy piece is in place atop the piles they constitute a bridge pier.

 Each of the pier locations are connected horizontally using concrete girders, which are also sometimes referred to as beams. The concrete bridge decks are then cast in place atop the girders. These decks become the riding surface which vehicles use to cross the bridge.

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Will the multiuse path have to be repaired before the bridge reopens to vehicles?

No. In addition to the vehicular travel lanes, the Pensacola Bay Bridge includes a 10-foot multiuse path intended for pedestrians and bicyclists. The concrete path rests on the same piers as the vehicle travel lanes, but it is not structurally connected to the bridge deck. For this reason, crews will be able to repair and reopen the bridge to vehicular traffic before finalizing repairs to the multiuse path. 

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Where can I find the latest information on Pensacola Bay Bridge repair efforts?

You can subscribe to e-mail updates below, or you may use the social media platforms or digital resources shown here.

FDOT has compiled a statewide team of bridge engineering experts to inspect, evaluate, and repair the bridge.

Twitter:

@MyFDOT_NWFL

Facebook:

Facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL
Facebook.com/MyPensacolaBayBridge

Instagram:

@myfdot_nwfl
@MyPensacolaBayBridge

Website:

www.FDOT.gov/PensacolaBay
www.PensacolaBayBridge.com

E-Mail:

Info@PensacolaBayBridge.com

 

Where can I find definitions of common bridge-related terminology and information on the bridge inspection process?

You may find this information here.

News Releases

FDOT’s November 19 Updates on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

November 19, 2020

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Garcon Point Bridge Toll Suspension Further Extended

November 13, 2020

 


 

 

FDOT’s November 12 Updates on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

November 12, 2020

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FDOT’s November 5 Updates on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

November 5, 2020

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FDOT’s October 29 Updates on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

October 29, 2020

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FDOT’s October 22 Updates on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

October 23, 2020

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FDOT’s October 15 Updates on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

October 15, 2020

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FDOT’s October 6 Updates on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

October 6, 2020

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FDOT’s October 1 Updates on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

October 1, 2020


FDOT’s September 28 Updates on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

September 28, 2020

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FDOT’s September 24 Updates on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

September 24, 2020

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Garcon Point Bridge Toll Suspension Further Extended

September 22, 2020

 


FDOT’s September 22 Updates on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

September 22, 2020

Image depicting how is the Pensacola Bay Bridge constructed. Constructing the new Pensacola Bay Bridge involves an iterative process that begins with crews driving concrete piles into the bay floor. The piles provide the foundation for the structure. Atop the piles, crews install what is known as trophy pieces, which are concrete structures consisting of a footer, a column, and a cap in a single unit. They’re called trophy pieces because when they are placed in an upright position they resemble an athletic trophy. Once the trophy piece is in place atop the piles they constitute a bridge pier. Each of the pier locations are connected horizontally using concrete girders, which are also sometimes referred to as beams. The concrete bridge decks are then cast in place atop the girders. These decks become the riding surface which vehicles use to cross the bridge.

 


FDOT’s September 21 Updates on Hurricane Sally and Pensacola Bay Bridge Recovery Efforts

September 21, 2020

 

 



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