Pensacola Bay Bridge is expected to remain closed for at least six months as crews repair sections smashed during Hurricane Sally, according to a press release from Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
Sections of the bridge were damaged and five 150 foot spans were completely destroyed after more than 20 barges owned by bridge builder Skanska USA broke loose during the storm. Three of the barges remain on or under the bridge, complicating their removal.
In the release, FDOT officials acknowledge the concerns of businesses impacted by the bridge closure, announcing meetings with local leaders, chambers of commerce and others starting next week.
FDOT also stated they are evaluating “alternative transportation solutions to assist moving people and goods through the region,” and they are looking at relief funds through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding alternate transportation services.
Drivers should continue to use detours along State Road 87 and Garcon Point Bridge. The $5 toll for Garcon Point Bridge remains suspended through Oct. 23 at 6 a.m.