Pensacola Bay Bridge alignments discussed

photo-2Florida Department of Transportation officials answered questions from members of the Project Advisory Group Tuesday regarding the replacement of the Pensacola Bay Bridge and its potential impacts on the Gulf Breeze community.

“A central corridor would be the least disruptive to community facilities, marine environment, businesses and it would preserve the most amount of shoreline,” said FDOT project manager Dan Kristoff.

Because of the impact Wayside Park in Gulf Breeze, the Pensacola Visitor Information Center and the fishing pier, Kristoff said that an east-central corridor as opposed to a west-central would be disruptive and that Gulf Breeze officials are comfortable with either option.

The estimated cost of the bridge is $589 million with a shortfall of $100 million. FDOT officials are considering using a single use pedestrian and bicycle path instead of a dual path that would reduce the bridge cost by $20 million and are seeking public input before a June 10 public hearing.

Read more in the May 1 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.


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