Dates Set To Shift Traffic To New Pensacola Bay Bridge

July 17, 2019

Highway 98 eastbound traffic (from Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) will be shifted to the Pensacola Bay Bridge on Sunday evening, July 28, and Highway 98 westbound traffic (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola) will shift on Thursday, August 1.

From 8 p.m. Sunday, July 28 to 6 a.m. Thursday, August 1, 17th Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Gregory Street and the CSX Railroad overpass. Drivers will be detoured using Ninth Avenue and Cervantes Street (U.S. 90). Access to the visitor’s center, boat ramp, and the Pensacola Bay Fishing Pier will be maintained for local traffic via 17th Avenue.

The temporary configuration for the new bridge will provide two lanes of east and two lanes of westbound traffic, along with a center-lane reserved for emergency vehicles. A multiuse path for pedestrians and bicyclists is expected to be operational approximately two-months after the traffic shift.

With all traffic shifted to the new bridge, construction crews will demolish the current bridge, complete the new westbound structure, and reconstruct the 17th Avenue interchange. All work is currently estimated for completion in mid-2021.

The planned construction activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.


7 Responses to “Dates Set To Shift Traffic To New Pensacola Bay Bridge”

  1. Jerry on July 19th, 2019 4:08 pm

    The roundabout will not be used for thru traffic from Main st to the bridge or the bridge to Gregory st. Bridge to Gregory will be an overpass and thru traffic to the bridge will have right of way bypassing the roundabout. Only traffice turning to 17th and 17th traffic to the bridge wil use the roundabout. Should not even slow thru traffic at all.

  2. Bob C. on July 18th, 2019 10:05 pm

    @ Tee bug

    10′ TEN FEET is the posted height of the Rail Road bridge over 17th Avenue.

  3. Lee on July 17th, 2019 2:55 pm

    all East and West highways are even numbers all North and South highways are odd numbers

  4. driver on July 17th, 2019 11:50 am

    “Why do they always refer to the eastbound and westbound spans for a north-south bridge?”

    Hwy 98 is an east-west highway. It does happen to be north-south at the bridge, but overall it’s east-west between near the Mississippi River at Natchez to Palm Beach.

  5. Tee bug on July 17th, 2019 10:48 am

    Reminder to all truck drivers hauling high loads with all this changing around just be careful if you go under the RR tracks at graffiti bridge it is a low overhead bridge something like around 12′6″ can’t remember to be exact but it’s not the norm so be careful if you choose this as a route

  6. confused on July 17th, 2019 8:37 am

    Why do they always refer to the eastbound and westbound spans for a north-south bridge?

  7. Ed on July 17th, 2019 7:56 am

    I can’t wait to see all of the problems when the traffic circle is built. They can help the traffic moving but they are tricky to navigate if you don’t understand the procedure. Just remember the Griswold’s in European Vacation.
    What is even more difficult in going into one in Australia. I remember the first one and it was scary as it is the other direction.

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