Bridge backers seek support


Supporters of an elaborate plan for the coming Three Mile Bridge replacement span sought on Wednesday to remind officials of Santa Rosa and Escambia that they have supported the concept and that their backing is still needed.

Speaking before the Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization, Steve Dana, an architect who leads the volunteer Vision Pensacola Group, said, “Thank you for having the courage to support this and we hope you will continue to.”

Dana’s brief appearance got only a polite thanks from the panel, which includes Santa Rosa County Commissioners Rob Williamson and Bob Cole, but was intended to raise awareness of his group’s plan for an iconic bridge design with more cosmetic bells and whistles than the one previously submitted by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Scheduled to begin construction in 2017, the bridge will connect Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, tentatively funded by $672 million designated by the Florida Legislature. Dana has said his plan, which would feature a section suspended from a tower reminiscent of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, can be built within the existing budget.

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