Here’s a look at construction progress through August 2018.
• Test and production piles driven: 1,450 of 2,124
• Trophy pieces placed: 168 of 416
• Beams (girders) set: 320 of 1,020
• Eastbound bridge decks: 52 of 105
Work continues at the Bayou Chico casting yard to fabricate the piles, trophy pieces, and girders for the new bridge. These components are transported by barge to the bridge site where they are installed.
Completion of the first new bridge, the eventual eastbound (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) structure, is currently scheduled for early 2019. Construction schedules may vary based on weather and a host of other conditions that could impact a project of this duration, magnitude, and complexity.
The speed limit remains at 45 mph on the bridge. The team encourages drivers to slow down and refrain from texting or taking photos while driving. In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard has established a 500-yard safety zone around the construction activities. Boaters are limited to low or idle speed within the safety zone.