Bridges close for replacement in Northwest Florida

Northwest Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — After the Mid-Bay Bridge in Destin closed indefinitely for emergency repairs, News 5 looked into other bridge problems in Northwest Florida. 

The “Three Mile Bridge” over Pensacola Bay isn’t closed completely but has reduced lanes through Sunday from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. for construction. The bridge is “structurally deficient” and will be demolished soon. 

Crews with Skankska are building a brand new bridge to go between Pensacola and Gulf Breeze but the existing bridge is at the end of its life span so as soon as the new bridge is complete sometime in 2019, the one being used now will be torn down and rebuilt. It is safe to drive on for now, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. When complete, each bridge will have three travel lanes. 

There are also three bridges being worked on in northern Escambia County: Crary Road is closed between Tedder and Byrneville Road as crews build a bridge culvert. The Bratt Road bridge over Canoe Creek is closed and being rebuilt. In February, crews will start replacing the Hanks Road Bridge over Breastworks Creek.

In Okaloosa County, FDOT is adding structural support to the bridge over Juniper Creek on State Road 85 but drivers are still able to drive through. 

FDOT still isn’t sure when the emergency repairs will be complete in Destin on the Mid-Bay Bridge.

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