Pensacola Bay Bridge

Crashes close Pensacola Bay Bridge, Garcon Point for hours

Crashes close Pensacola Bay Bridge, Garcon Point for hours

A series of accidents kept law enforcement busy and brought traffic to a halt Sunday in Gulf Breeze after a collision stopped Pensacola Bay Bridge traffic in both directions. According Gulf Breeze Police Chief Rick Hawthorne, the initial collision about 3 p.m. was caused by a vehicle headed northbound on the bridge toward Pensacola. He […]

FDOT: Traffic Shift for New Pensacola Bay Bridge Starts Wednesday

FDOT: Traffic Shift for New Pensacola Bay Bridge Starts Wednesday

U.S. 98 eastbound traffic (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) will be shifted to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge Wednesday evening, Sept. 4 and U.S. 98 westbound (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola) on Sunday, Sept. 8. From 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 to 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 17th Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Gregory […]

Bridge opening now indefinite

Bridge opening now indefinite

Never mind. The latest rescheduled opening of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge has been delayed with no new date in sight. Inspectors for the Florida Department of Transportation put a halt to the partial opening the was originally set for July 28 and then Aug. 4.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 […]

UPDATE: New bridge opening date changed

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, […]

New bridge arch marks milestone

New bridge arch marks milestone

One of the bells and whistles to be part of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge debuted Thursday when workers placed a shiny, 83-foot-tall steel arch atop the eastbound section of the span. The $427 million bridge, under construction since 2017 and delayed by weather and faulty work on its concrete deck, is nevertheless starting to […]

Motorists Urged to use Caution During Pensacola Bay Bridge Arch Installation

Motorists Urged to use Caution During Pensacola Bay Bridge Arch Installation

The Florida Department of Transportation encourages caution while they begin installation of the Pensacola Bay Bridge Arch. Drivers on the existing Pensacola Bay Bridge are reminded to keep their eyes on the road and to maintain a safe speed as construction crews install the 800,000-pound steel arch atop the new eastbound Pensacola Bay Bridge Thursday, […]

New hotels worry Gulf Breeze residents

New hotels worry Gulf Breeze residents

Only four years after a developer warned Gulf Breeze residents that if the little city didn’t approve his plans for an apartment complex next to a single-family home neighborhood, he might build a hotel there instead. The neighbors didn’t blink, kept up their objections and that developer went away.   Read the full article in […]

State allocates funds to widen 98 in Gulf Breeze

State allocates funds to widen 98 in Gulf Breeze

Approximately four miles of U.S. Highway 98 from Bayshore Road to Portside Drive is set to get two additional lanes. Approval of funding for construction was announced May 30. Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive […]

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Navarre Park: Living shoreline vs. seawall

Once upon a time, seawalls were the law of the land when it came to erosion protection, but scientists studying the impact on shorelines across the country have come to a different conclusion. Seawalls are a high expense for typically lower return on investment than more natural approaches known as living shorelines. Read the full […]

Bridge work update leaves questions

Bridge work update leaves questions

Although the inspection supervisor on the new Pensacola Bay Bridge and a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation aren’t quite in sync, both have made new assurances of an impressive, eventual construction result. The $427 million project began in spring 2017 but has been beset by weather delays and faulty work on the concrete […]

Pensacola Bay bridge replacement completion a moving target

Pensacola Bay bridge replacement completion a moving target

The general contractor on the Pensacola Bay Bridge replacement missed its Feb. 5 deadline for a $15 million bonus, raising questions about when the overall $420 million project can be completed. Although a roadside sign near the construction site in Gulf Breeze has long proclaimed “summer 2020” for the six-lane, three-mile span to be finished, […]

Movement to name bridge after local general gains steam

Movement to name bridge after local general gains steam

The name of the nation’s first African-American four-star general may soon grace the new version of a local landmark. The new bridge connecting Gulf Breeze and Pensacola could bear the name of Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Bridge contractor under pressure for repairs

Bridge contractor under pressure for repairs

State officials have been pressing the lead contractor on the new Pensacola Bay Bridge since October for details on the company’s plan to fix numerous cracks in the span’s concrete deck. In an email to the Florida Department of Transportation, obtained by this newspaper in a public records request, an independent bridge inspector raised questions […]

Bridge contract grows as cracks await repair

Bridge contract grows as cracks await repair

The price of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge has recently gone up as the Florida Department of Transportation awaits promised repairs to cracks in the work already done. Documents obtained in a public records request show that Skanska USA has been awarded a “supplemental” contract for about $25 million—in addition to the $398.5 million in […]

BREAKING: Bridge contractor to replace concrete

BREAKING: Bridge contractor to replace concrete

After months of downplaying the seriousness of cracks found in construction of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, the contractor will tear out and replace several sections, Ian Satter, a Florida Department of Transportation official, wrote to the Navarre Press in an email on Thursday that Skanska USA, the agency’s general contractor on the $400 million […]

Pensacola bridge builder also faces Orlando cracks

Pensacola bridge builder also faces Orlando cracks

Another Skanska USA bridge in progress, another span dealing with cracks in new concrete construction. As the New Jersey-based contractor works to solve cracks that have appeared in the new $400 million Pensacola Bay Bridge, it has also been confronted with similar flaws in its new bridge on Interstate 4 in Orlando. Read the full […]

Emails show bridge project riddled with missteps

Emails show bridge project riddled with missteps

From poor communication between management and workers to using the wrong formula of concrete, Skanska USA has run into many problems in the current construction of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, according to inspectors. Within the more than 100 Florida Department of Transportation emails related to the three-mile span—obtained by this newspaper in a public […]

Agencies stonewalling on bridge flaws

Agencies stonewalling on bridge flaws

Sen. Bill Nelson’s office is warning that thousands of cracks found in construction on the Pensacola Bay Bridge, among others, “may involve inadequate supervision.” But both Nelson’s office and the Navarre Press have been blocked by government agencies in requests for details on the construction of bridges in Florida. Read the full article in the […]

Former bridge worker questions construction cracks

Former bridge worker questions construction cracks

Whistleblowers often start expose quests alone, backed only by personal revelations and their reputations. Motivations are always open to the question: What’s in it for them? Richard William Gibbons Jr. knows he will face scrutiny about speaking to the Navarre Press this week, leveling assertions that the numerous cracks found in newly placed concrete on […]

Bridge monitoring expected for years

Bridge monitoring expected for years

Engineers who testify in legal cases about construction flaws say the thousands of cracks found in the new Pensacola Bay Bridge probably aren’t serious but should be monitored closely to make sure they aren’t spreading. That’s already the plan, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue […]

Update from FDOT: New bridge has at least 3,000 cracks

Update from FDOT: New bridge has at least 3,000 cracks

With construction of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge less than half completed, inspectors have found at least 3,000 cracks in newly placed concrete on the span’s decks. First disclosed by the Navarre Press last week, the cracks were described as “superficial” by a Florida Department of Transportation official in a media conference called by the […]

Bridge cracks go unrepaired while under scrutiny

Bridge cracks go unrepaired while under scrutiny

Since cracks in portions of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge were disclosed last week after a Navarre Press query, engineers have continued to look for the best way to fix them as work on the three-mile span continues. Tanya Branton, a Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman, responded to follow-up questions about the cracks. She said […]

BREAKING: Cracks in bridge construction raise questions

BREAKING: Cracks in bridge construction raise questions

Cracks in newly placed concrete during the current construction of the Pensacola Bay Bridge recently caused two temporary halts to work on the deck of the $400 million span, state officials told the Navarre Press Wednesday. “Cracks were identified in some of the newly placed concrete…,” said Tanya Branton in an email. “Work on this […]

Sharp divides surface in Gulf Breeze mayor’s race

Sharp divides surface in Gulf Breeze mayor’s race

The long quiet political landscape in the City of Gulf Breeze is rumbling. For the first time since 2008, candidates for the mayor’s seat on the city council are putting out yard signs, knocking on doors and airing their differences in a political campaign of the sort many residents can’t recall witnessing before. Read the […]

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

The unfolding struggle to alleviate the traffic strangle on Highway 98 through Navarre is shaping up to be a major lobbying effort that may take several years and will likely reach to Tallahassee and even Washington, D.C. A campaign organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is getting underway with invitations being prepared […]

Rubble rivalry halted by county

Rubble rivalry halted by county

Santa Rosa commissioners decided against pursuing their contentious claim to concrete chunks from next year’s planned demolition of the old Pensacola Bay Bridge to be used as material for offshore reef building. They balked partly at competing with Escambia County, which also wants a major portion of the estimated 150,000 tons of rubble that will […]

Rubble rivalry may have ‘pieceful’ solution

Rubble rivalry may have ‘pieceful’ solution

There should be plenty of big concrete chunks from next year’s planned demolition of the old Pensacola Bay Bridge to supply the offshore reef-building needs of both Santa Rosa and Escambia for years to come. Although some commissioners from both counties are contentiously claiming shares of the valuable material to construct habitat for sport fish, […]

Fast start for bridge construction

Fast start for bridge construction

The pounding of huge diesel-powered hammers has echoed through the City of Gulf Breeze since June 11 and resulted in the new Pensacola Bay Bridge being on track—or even a bit ahead of schedule — for  its planned completion in summer 2020. In fact, after only the first 120 days of work on the three-mile […]

Gulf Breeze makeover needs investors

Gulf Breeze makeover needs investors

The City of Gulf Breeze’s recent $30 million request for BP oil spill funds is part of a push to solve its identity crisis. The beachy hamlet of about 6,000 souls “currently lacks a ‘Town Center,’” according to the makeover proposal submitted by City Manager Samantha Abell. Creating a new civic and commercial core would […]

AT&T temporary outage coming to Gulf Breeze

AT&T temporary outage coming to Gulf Breeze

Residents of the Gulf Breeze area may temporarily loose television, internet and landline phone service early Tuesday morning according to a City of Gulf Breeze press release. The outage will occur as part of the Pensacola Bay Bridge replacement project. AT&T will be performing utility construction from 12:00 a.m. to 6 a.m. Sept. 19. Residents […]