The massive reconstruction and building of a signature span of the nearly 3-mile long Pensacola Bay Bridge will begin shortly. The current Pensacola Bay Bridge was built in 1960 and reached its projected 50-year lifespan in 2010. After a long process with public input, the design which is pictured to the right will be the look of the bridge which is completed in 2019.
The new bridge which carries US 98 from Pensacola to Gulf Breeze will have three vehicular traffic lanes in each direction and a ten-foot bicycle lane right on each side of the bridge. The addition of ten-foot inside and outside shoulders will also make it easier for emergency vehicles to access the middle of the bridge, a problem with the current span which has narrower travel lanes and a shoulder on the outside that generally does not allow emergency vehicles to pass traffic with any confidence. The bridge will have a 65-foot vertical clearance.
For more information about the new bridge, which will be of Florida’s most modern and beautiful check out the FDOT Pensacola Bay Bridge site.