Largest project in Northwest Florida history begins this spring
Formal construction activities will begin this spring for the Pensacola Bay Bridge replacement project. With a design and construction cost of $398.5 million, the new bridge will be the largest transportation infrastructure project ever in district three
“This will be a large and significant undertaking,” said FDOT construction project manager Jack Harrison. “It’s a three-plus mile structure with an average daily traffic count of more than 55,000 vehicles. It has been in service since 1960, so to refer to it as an ‘iconic bridge’ isn’t an exaggeration.”
The new bridge will replace the structurally deficient Senator Philip D. Beall Sr. Memorial Bridge that opened in 1960. With only four travel lanes and narrow shoulders, the current bridge can no longer accommodate the increasing transportation needs of the growing Pensacola and Gulf Breeze communities.
Constructed parallel and to the west of the existing bridge, the new Pensacola Bay Bridge will consist of two structures, each equipped with three 12-foot travel lanes, 10-foot inside and outside shoulders, and 10-foot wide shared use paths for bicyclists and pedestrians. Center arches will rise more than 150-feet above the bay at the navigational channel. Modern aesthetic lighting will showcase the architectural splendor of the bridge, while new and improved recreational areas in both Pensacola and Gulf Breeze will provide upgraded amenities for fishermen, boaters, and picnickers.
FDOT held a public information open house on March 21. More than 300 participants attended to obtain more information on the upcoming construction project. They were invited to view conceptual renderings and commuter animations depicting the new bridge.
Two of the most popular features of the meeting were a three-dimensional scale model of the project, and an interactive virtual tour.
A team led by Skanska USA Civil Southeast is designing and constructing the new Pensacola Bay Bridge. Eisman and Russo, Inc. is providing construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services in support of FDOT District Three.