FDOT: Damaged Trophy Piece Removed; Pensacola Bay Bridge Still Set To Open Week Of May 31

April 2, 2021

The Florida Department of Transportation said Wednesday that contractors have completed demolition and pile driving efforts at a damaged pier on the Pensacola Bay Bridge and are preparing the site for placement of the new trophy piece.

That means the targeted reopening of the bridge with at least two lanes remains the week of Memorial Day.

Damage was discovered last week that led to the replacement of the trophy piece at “Pier 70″.

FDOT is also improving the detour route on State Road 281 in Santa Rosa County by extending the southbound right turn lane on State Road (S.R.) 281 at U.S. 98 and installing a temporary traffic signal on Garcon Point Road (County Road 191) by Monday, April 5.

Multiple crews are working around the clock to complete repair projects critical to the opening of the Pensacola Bay Bridge that will uphold FDOT’s commitment to provide the safe and efficient reconnection of Gulf Breeze and Pensacola communities and deliver a bridge with a 75-year design life, FDOT said.

FDOT is regularly reviewing the contractor’s schedule of the entire Pensacola Bay Bridge Project with the anticipated completion date for all improvements currently scheduled for January 2022.

Motorists should continue to use all available detour routes, which include the Garcon Point Bridge and State Road 87. At this time, tolls on the Garcon Point Bridge are suspended through Friday, April 9, 2021. Commuters can also use the ECAT temporary bus route travel between Pensacola and Gulf Breeze free of charge.

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7 Responses to “FDOT: Damaged Trophy Piece Removed; Pensacola Bay Bridge Still Set To Open Week Of May 31”

  1. Hh on April 5th, 2021 10:20 am

    The new question is … How safe is the bridge going to be after it is repaired? They are going to make the May 25th deadline at any cost.

  2. Carlos McGugin on April 3rd, 2021 8:34 am

    Thank you MR REALITY.

  3. MR REALITY on April 3rd, 2021 12:52 am

    Carlos, it resembles parts of a trophy like you would win as a kid…the acrhes with the flat part that is….

  4. Carlos McGugin on April 2nd, 2021 4:56 pm

    Why is it called a trophy piece?

  5. Imagine That on April 2nd, 2021 1:43 pm

    Didnt Godzilla do some damage as well?

  6. Old school possum on April 2nd, 2021 11:10 am

    What year?

  7. Lloyd "Bridges" on April 2nd, 2021 8:28 am

    …holding my breath. Literally.

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