Progress on the Pensacola Bay Bridge continues as the team is driving the remaining piles, placing trophy pieces, installing girders, and pouring the concrete bridge decks for the new westbound (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola) bridge.So far, crews have driven 92 percent of the piles needed for bridge. They have also placed 87 percent (181 of 208) trophy pieces needed for the new bridge. Fifty percent of the girders (also known as “beams”) are in place for the westbound bridge. In addition, crews are pouring the concrete bridge decks that will provide the riding surface.
The arch for the westbound bridge has also been assembled. The 800,000-pound structure is awaiting installation above the navigational channel.
Each arch measures 83-feet tall and 375-feet wide. Along with adding a distinctive look for the bridge, the arches are designed to provide structural support for the 10-foot-wide multiuse paths that will be part of both the east and westbound bridges.
In the final configuration, the new Pensacola Bay Bridge will consist of two parallel bridges, each equipped with three travel lanes, inside and outside shoulders, and adjacent multiuse paths for pedestrians and bicyclists. The multi-use path on what will become the eastbound (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) bridge is currently closed for repairs, but crews anticipate reopening it next year.
The entire $430 million bridge replacement project is currently estimated for completion in mid-to-late 2022.