Hurricane Sally Destroys Large Section of Florida’s “Three Mile Bridge”
Santa Rosa County, FL – A section of the Pensacola Bay Bridge — also known as the Three Mile Bridge — is missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan confirmed a part of the new Three Mile Bridge had come off amid the storm’s fury.
Hurricane Sally dumped torrential rains of up to 18″ in some areas on Wednesday resulting in historic flooding as it moved inland over southeastern Alabama and the western portion of the Florida Panhandle.
The four-lane bridge is a carrier of U.S. Highway 98 and runs four lanes between downtown Pensacola and Gulf Breeze.
Local outlet WEARTV reported State Senator Doug Broxson will be on a call Wednesday night with Santa Rosa County Emergency Management (SRCEM) regarding the damage to the bridge.
Photo from the Three Mile Bridge showing the missing section. pic.twitter.com/Ym3VRBhml5
— Santa Rosa County Emergency Management (@SRC_EM) September 16, 2020
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will be asked to participate in the call, Sen. Broxson stated.
Additionally, Sen. Broxson said officials are “looking to request from FEMA to reimburse the cost of the damage,” WEARTV reported.
Around 8 a.m. Tuesday — the day prior to Sally’s landfall — a construction barge broke loose near the Three Mile Bridge.
It struck a fishing pier before lodging itself underneath the bridge, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
Looks like this may be separate from the bridge area that is missing, that may have been caused by a barge. So 2 different areas impacted.
— Kevin Lighty – WCIA 3 Chief Meteorologist (@KevinLighty) September 16, 2020
Transportation Nation Network will continue monitoring developments surrounding this ongoing storm.
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