Escambia County’s 24 Bridge Replacement Priority List

March 31, 2019

Escambia County has placed 24 bridges on a replacement priority list with an estimated total cost of about $24.5 million.

The county created the list to for possible funding from the state legislature during the current session. But the Escambia County Commission later declined to submit the request after learning bridge replacement would compete for the same potential state funding as a road project wish list that was previously submitted.

“We have a bridge crisis in Escambia County. We have 90 wooden-frame bridges. Many of them … have a construction date of unknown, an age of unknown. That is frightening. Many of them, we are talking 60 or 70-year-old wooden-frame bridges,” Commissioner Doug Underhill said at a January meeting.   He said there are 90 wooden-frame bridges in the county.

In November, the commission submitted four priority funding requests in no particular order:

  • Muscogee Road Widening and Drainage Project
  • Beulah / I‐10 Interchange / US 29 Connector Project
  • Pine Forest Road 4‐Laning (I‐10 to Nine Mile Road)
  • West Cervantes Street / Mobile Highway Corridor Safety Improvements

Four additional requests were also submitted:

  • Estuary Program — Pensacola/Perdido, Choctawhatchee, and St. Andrew’s
  • Bob Sikes Fishing Pier Rehabilitation & Pensacola Beach Blvd. Access Road Project
  • Klondike Road / Wilde Lake Blvd. Widening Project
  • Funding through Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) towards Pedestrian/Bicycle Projects

The Escambia County bridge replacement priority list is as follows: photos.


8 Responses to “Escambia County’s 24 Bridge Replacement Priority List”

  1. 429SCJ on April 1st, 2019 7:09 pm

    @Pinville, Vote!

  2. Well on April 1st, 2019 5:23 am

    Maybe someone should consider how much has been done in the northern part of the county. Including a new Bridge on Pineville Rd, 2 on Arthur Brown, 2 on 97A and 1 on Nokomis + many others.
    Not to mention all the dirt road paving.
    Look around.

  3. Joann on March 31st, 2019 11:14 pm

    Your are very correct Pineville. Northern citizens have been blatantly ignored and the Commissioners are guilty of poor planning and Navy Fed comes along and we aren’t ready structurally and that results in frenzied building without regard for our beloved environment in or area. North Escambia will suffer may trials as our southern counterparts relish in the improvements they reap from the all mighty dollars generated by the influx of thousands of Navy Fed employees moving here. The turnover rate there is unstable. It’s not that great to work there,it’s not for everybody. And it’s ridiculous what’s happened to this area in the last 5 years. We have no other businesses to support all this if the big ones leave. That leaves many
    areas open to crime, drug areas snd other issues!

  4. Jacqueline on March 31st, 2019 1:00 pm

    $15,000,000 from the County went to help Singapore owned ST Aerospace expansion at the airport. We aren’t prioritizing public safety and infrastructure above other endeavors. Economic Development funding should come after the core duties of government.

  5. Kat on March 31st, 2019 9:45 am

    I am seriously hoping that the Beulah/I-10/Hwy 29 project stays away…. as we dont want to see the expressway in our backyard!

  6. Doug Underhill on March 31st, 2019 9:30 am

    Your gas tax is spent to run empty busses. We could drop the 8 routes with 8 or fewer riders per hour and save $4.5 million/year for bridges. Look at that list and see where you would spent $4.5 million a year instead of kissing up to the bus drivers union?

    Here is another way to look at it: For what we spent on the VT MAE debacle, we could do everything on that list down to #20. For what we give to Florida West each year ($550K) we could knock out a couple of these smaller ones each year! We don’t have a lack of tax revenue. Your Commission has a set of priorities that does not match yours.

  7. retired on March 31st, 2019 8:11 am


  8. Pineville on March 31st, 2019 7:43 am

    Seems North Escambia District 5 has been neglected. Imagine that! Not surprised as it seems we are always last to receive any funds or upgrades