2 Of 3 Barges Removed From Under Pensacola Bay Bridge, Reopening Targeted For March 2021 : NorthEsca

October 16, 2020

The Florida Department of Transportation says the Pensacola Bay Bridge repairs could be complete by March 2021.

Progress at the bridge continues and one damaged span of the bridge has been removed while crews continue to carefully remove damaged portions from additional spans in order to minimize impacts to the existing structure. Two of the three barges under the bridge have also been removed, accelerating demolition efforts. As of Thursday, 15 of the 27 barges have been removed from the area.

Three bridge contractors are on site, increasing equipment resources to include:

  • 50 additional personnel to expedite demolition.
  • Additional dive teams have been deployed, bringing the total to eight, to assist with the final inspection.
  • Five barge mounted cranes, including two 300-ton cranes, have been brought in to replace existing cranes that were damaged or lost to assist in the process.
  • A specialty barge designed to take large damaged sections away from the bridge for demolition or to be delivered to an artificial reef site. This will allow repair work to proceed without having to wait for deck demolition to be complete.

FDOT has been continuously working to improve the traffic flow along the Pensacola Bay Bridge detour routes. To date, FDOT has

  • Installed a new temporary traffic signal at the I-10 westbound ramps at State Road (S.R.) 281
  • Delineators have been installed to provide a free flow southbound movement from the I-10 eastbound ramp onto southbound S.R. 281
  • Additional ....
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