Hurricane-Damaged Pensacola Bay Bridge Partially Reopens After More Than 8 Months
Gulf Breeze, FL – The Pensacola Bay Bridge — also known as the Three Mile Bridge — partially re-opened on Friday after a more than eight month closure following severe hurricane damage.
The four-lane bridge is a carrier of U.S. Highway 98 and runs between downtown Pensacola and Gulf Breeze.
The bridge was severely damaged on September 16, when construction barges owned by Skanska USA broke loose during Hurricane Sally and crashed into the structure, causing a massive chunk of the bridge to wash away.
On Friday, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced the reopening of the bridge.
The Agency called the bridge a “vital connection between the communities of Gulf Breeze and Pensacola.”
According to FDOT, the “majority of the bridge” is open to four lanes of traffic (two in each direction), with the exception of a two-lane, half-mile segment just west of the bridge’s arch while work to complete final repairs continues.
As an active construction zone, the speed limit on the bridge is set at 35 mph.
In addition, emergency refuge areas are available on the bridge, FDOT stated.
Law enforcement will be present 24/7 on both ends of the bridge to alert drivers about the temporary restrictions.
In the event of incidents on the bridge, FDOT’s Road Ranger Service Patrol will be stationed on each end from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on weekends and major holidays.
All bridge improvements are expected to be complete in January 2022.
FDOT also stated tolls on the Garcon Point Bridge — which were suspended to accommodate the Route 61 detour following the Pensacola Bay Bridge closure — will resume on Monday, June 7.
For continued information on the Pensacola Bay Bridge reopening and ongoing repair efforts, you can visit FDOT.gov/PensacolaBay.