Four lanes of traffic restored to the Pensacola Bay Bridge
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has reopened the Pensacola Bay Bridge to four lanes of traffic, re-establishing the safe and efficient connection between the communities of Gulf Breeze and Pensacola.
The full two lanes of westbound traffic were restored at approximately 5 a.m., while the two eastbound lanes reopened shortly before 7 a.m. This is the first time the bridge has been open to four lanes of traffic since suffering significant damage during Hurricane Sally on Sept. 18, 2020.
The current traffic configuration features two lanes of both east and westbound traffic, separated by a center-lane that is reserved for emergency vehicles. There are no load restrictions on the bridge, though the speed limit has been temporarily set at 35 mph. Tolls on the Garcon Point Bridge, which were suspended while the bridge was out of service, will be reinstated on Sunday, June 20.
FDOT continues to regularly review the contractor’s schedule for the entire Pensacola Bay Bridge project with the anticipated completion date for all improvements currently scheduled for Spring 2022. Once complete, the new bridge will consist of two parallel structures, each with three 12-foot travel lanes, two 10-foot shoulders, and a 10-foot multi-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists. Additionally, the project includes the reconstruction of the intersection of State Road (S.R.) 30 (U.S. 98/Gregory Street) and S.R. 196 (Bayfront Parkway) at 17th Avenue.