Westbound traffic moved to new Pensacola Bay Bridge
U.S. 98 westbound traffic was transitioned to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge this morning (Sunday, Sept. 8) at approximately 5 a.m. CDT. Crews worked through the nighttime hours to transition two lanes of westbound traffic off the “old” Pensacola Bay Bridge and onto the new (eventual eastbound) structure.
The new bridge now accommodates two lanes of east and two lanes of westbound traffic, separated by a center lane that is reserved for emergency vehicles. The multiuse path for pedestrians and bicyclists is expected to open by the end of the calendar year.
The speed limit remains 45 mph.
Work will now begin to demolish the old Pensacola Bay Bridge and construct the new westbound structure. Debris from the old bridge will be used to construct offshore fishing reefs.
All construction is currently slated for completion in mid-2021.