The Pensacola Bay Bridge is currently determined “Structurally Deficient” requiring the Florida Department of Transportation, FDOT, to plan for a replacement bridge within the next three to five years.
Engineers and project managers from FDOT and Reynolds, Smith and Hills, RS&H, Inc. are working on a replacement design that will meet community and environmental needs while making travel over the three-mile span of Pensacola Bay much safer for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Project Manager Dan Kristoff of RS&H provided a detailed briefing of the ongoing Project Development and Environment, PD&E, study currently in works at the United Peninsula Association, UPA, meeting June 16.
According to Kristoff, the bridge has fallen below the state standard for what is determined to be a structurally sound bridge, but also has other significant issues to address: current and future traffic demands, social and environmental impacts, community values, aesthetic considerations and engineering principles.
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