UPDATE: New bridge opening date changed

UPDATE: The partial opening of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge to eastbound traffic has been postponed to Aug. 4.

The traffic shift for U.S. 98 eastbound traffic (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge has been rescheduled for Sunday evening, Aug. 4 and U.S. 98 westbound (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola) on Thursday, Aug. 8.

From 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 to 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 17th Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Gregory Street and the CSX Railroad overpass. Drivers will be detoured using Ninth Avenue and Cervantes Street (U.S. 90). Access to the visitor’s center, boat ramp, and the Pensacola Bay Fishing Pier will be maintained for local traffic via 17th Avenue.

The temporary configuration for the new bridge will provide two lanes of east and two lanes of westbound traffic, along with a center-lane reserved for emergency vehicles. A multiuse path for pedestrians and bicyclists is expected to be operational approximately two-months after the traffic shift.

Original: Ready or not, the new Pensacola Bay Bridge is scheduled to open for traffic—in a temporary form—on Sunday evening, July 28.

Planned as a six-lane bridge consisting of two spans, the link between Pensacola and Gulf Breeze won’t be completed until 2021, but the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) said motorists will be directed to use the initial one-span version until the $427 million project is finished.

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