Construction resumes following Hurricane Michael

Construction resumes following Hurricane Michael

Construction work on the new Pensacola Bay Bridge was suspended Monday, Oct. 8 due to the approach of Hurricane Michael. Crews began moving water-borne construction equipment to safe harbor and preparing travel lanes for a possible evacuation.

Fortunately, wind, rain, and wave action from the storm resulted in no significant damage to the current bridge or the construction that is underway. The construction team quickly completed needed clean-up activities, performed safety inspections, and resumed work on Monday, Oct. 15.

Here is an update on progress (to date) for major construction elements:

• Test and production piles driven: 1,450 of 2,124
• Trophy pieces placed: 188 of 416
• Beams (girders) set: 390 of 1,020
• Pi girders (for multi-use path): 50 of 210
• Eastbound bridge decks poured: 71 of 105

Completion of the first new bridge, the eventual eastbound (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) structure, is tentatively scheduled for early 2019.

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