Concrete Deck Poured Again On Molino Bridge That Collapsed In June

August 12, 2018

The concrete deck as been re-poured at a Molino bridge that partially collapsed on June 30.

Portions of the bridge were removed and reconstructed after the failure of a threaded support rod and temporary truss that caused two deck spans of concrete that had not hardened to fall into water below. The contractor modified their form system to prevent future failures.

The new concrete pour took place in the early morning hours — about 5 a.m. — to take advantage of cooler weather conditions.  The estimated completion date is now September 21, 2018. Prior to the form failure, the estimated completion was August 10, 2018.

“The safety of the state’s bridges is a top priority of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Due to our comprehensive bridge maintenance program, Florida has some of the safest bridges in the country,” said Ed Seifert, interim communications director for the FDOT.  “Before any bridge is opened to the public, a thorough safety inspection is undertaken by FDOT.”

The June 30 collapse (pictured page bottom) was the second incident at the bridge in June. Earlier in the month, crews were attempting to place concrete in another deck form that failed, causing the deck and truss under the form to sag, he said. That section of bridge deck was removed by the contractor.

GDB-US Constructors, Inc. of Parish, FL, is the contractor on the project, the lowest of four bidders. This was their first bridge project in FDOT District 3, which includes Pensacola to Tallahassee. The bridge is owned by Escambia County; however, the replacement project is being constructed with federal dollars administered by FDOT.

Barrineau Park Road/Highway 196 at Jacks Branch has been closed since January with traffic detoured via Highway 29, Molino Road (Hwy. 182), and  Highway  95A.

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Below: Collapse photos from June 30, 2018. Photos for, click to enlarge:


5 Responses to “Concrete Deck Poured Again On Molino Bridge That Collapsed In June”

  1. Debbie on August 13th, 2018 4:19 pm

    Take a good look at the collapsed portion, but for the grace of God go we. Residents of North Escambia, do your research on the DOT website and look up the scores on our bridges, especially in the North End – Quintette bridge is the worst by far and more heavily traveled than ever since all the major road construction to ready District 5 roads for the new Beaulah Beltway in order to ease congestion caused by our neighbor 10 miles to the south who has basically strip mined 9 Mile Road to the State line. Perdido River will be a thing of the past once all the runoff from the CU and all the new subdivisions going up. District 5 is on a fast track to major flooding, water runoff which will pollute our beloved Perdido River, not near enough escape routes should a major hurricane hit here, and you could go on and on. And where are our parks for our kids up here? Where are our sidewalks, and all the other great things I see in other parts of the county, of which, we are the biggest in area?

  2. bill on August 13th, 2018 11:36 am

    ok this company has failed at two attemps so enough already JUST FINISH THE BRIDGE AND MOVE ON AWAY FROM ESCAMBIA COUNTY ASAP !!!!

  3. steve on August 12th, 2018 12:48 pm

    Wish you could have gotten a picture of the part that broke and its location on the form. Seems strange that one part breaking loose caused it.
    I seen a lot of concrete work done and they not to easy on tools… Inspection of the forms and tools to prevent this should be done every time they break a form down to use again. Takes just a few hours to do and save millions.

  4. Grand Locust on August 12th, 2018 11:09 am

    Great photos. There are major newspapers all across America that do not have this quality of photo journalism. I sometimes learn so much from these quality photos that go beyond the story. A big thumbs up!

  5. Trocarman on August 12th, 2018 4:23 am

    Will the contractor make a profit after the two collapses? Will the bridge be safe?

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