Pensacola bridge

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A bridge too close

A bridge too close

Business at the Thai 54 Cuisine restaurant in Gulf Breeze has plummeted by 40 percent since early June, when construction began on the new Pensacola Bay Bridge less than 100 yards from the eatery’s parking lot. “They blow dust here all the time,” said Narueman Nonnapha, owner of the restaurant, which opened in 2012. For […]

Gulf Breeze officials criticize bridge safety

Gulf Breeze officials criticize bridge safety

The more that City of Gulf Breeze leaders see of the planned new Pensacola Bay Bridge, the less they seem to like it. At least that’s true of the latest batch of bridge renderings released by the Florida Department of Transportation. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online […]

Bridge bells and whistles still undecided

Bridge bells and whistles still undecided

The planned new Pensacola Bay Bridge may feature red, white and blue lights for much of its 3.7 miles on the Fourth of July. Or not. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Navarre Beach signage absent near new Pensacola bridge

Navarre Beach signage absent near new Pensacola bridge

Although the planned new bridge across Pensacola Bay has a budget of more than $450 million, there aren’t any plans for signage that points the way to Navarre Beach from the revamped northwestern gateway to Santa Rosa County. Thus the locator gap that currently excludes Navarre Beach from notice to motorists entering Santa Rosa from […]