FDOT Begins Demolition On Damaged Pensacola Bay Bridge; Updates Latest Repair Info : NorthEscambia.c
September 29, 2020
Demolition efforts got underway Monday on the Hurricane Sally and barge damaged areas of the Pensacola Bay Bridge as the Florida Department of Transportations (FDOT) statewide team of bridge experts are nearing the conclusion of inspecting and assessing the structure.
“Once the situation is fully assessed, and damages are fully understood, appropriate parties will be held responsible for the repairs,” FDOT said in a statement Monday.
The survey of the piers and topside inspections have been completed along with most of the underwater footings. The priority demolition efforts are focused on the areas that need to be cleared for dive access to examine the final 22 footings below the waterline. The contractor is utilizing additional resources to expedite demolition.
Three of the Skanska’s barges remain on or under the bridge and the removal of those barges will have to be done with great caution, according to FDOT. Skanska has prioritized the removal of the barges and will work closely with FDOT to ensure the least amount of additional damage possible to the bridge in this effort.
The design is underway for the permanent repairs and reestablishment of four lanes of traffic on the bridge. Durability, and ensuring there is absolutely no reduction in the bridges strength as a result of the repairs, remains paramount in the design plans, FDOT said.
FDOT hopes to have the final total number of the spans/piers that will ultimately need to be replaced by the end of this we....