New Highway 97 Bridge Now Open Replacing 78-Year Old Bridge

December 3, 2018

Traffic has shifted to a new Highway 97 bridge over Sandy Hollow creek, about mile south of Highway 4 near Walnut Hill.

The bridge replaces a wooden-support bridge constructed in 1940. The new concrete structure has 12-foot travel lanes, eight-foot shoulders and a solid concrete barrier railing.

Work on the project began in January to install a temporary bridge while the new bridge was constructed; work is now underway to remove the temporary bridge.

The Florida Department of Transportation project has about a $5 million price tag. The bridge has an average daily traffic count of about 5,000 vehicles.

Pictured top: A new bridge on Highway 97 near Walnut Hill. Pictured below: The new bridge replaces this 78-year old bridge, seen here in January. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Comments

4 Responses to “New Highway 97 Bridge Now Open Replacing 78-Year Old Bridge”

  1. Randon on December 3rd, 2018 5:38 pm

    I’m sure my grandparents are thrilled to have their front yard back and no longer filled with construction equipment lol!

  2. Ramond Kimmons on December 3rd, 2018 12:01 pm

    The bridge was needed, I hope the state will not settle for the rough transition on the north end of bridge.

  3. RICKY PEEBLES on December 3rd, 2018 7:55 am

    YEP LET THE RACES BEGIN,100 MILES AN HOUR,DANGEROUS TO TRY TO TURN INTO YOUR OWN DRIVEWAY. NO APPARENT WAY TO SLOW THEM DOWN. CAPS INTENDED.

  4. Trocarman on December 3rd, 2018 6:58 am

    Fantastic.





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