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Pensacola Bay Bridge

Project Information
Surface Transportation
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The Florida Department of Transportation is proposing to replace the Pensacola Bay Bridge which carries SR 30 (US 98) across Pensacola Bay, connecting downtown Pensacola with the City of Gulf Breeze. Various alternatives and alignments are being considered under the project development and environmental (PD and E) study phase to address both safety and capacity improvements that will tie into existing facilities. The Federal Highway Administration, Florida DOT, and the USCG, which is a cooperating agency, are coordinating regarding the NEPA document and USCG navigation requirements. The Pensacola Bay Bridge crosses Pensacola Bay to connect the cities of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, Florida. This is a navigable water of the United States governed by the U.S. Coast Guard (CG) regulations. The bridge is approximately 3 miles in length and was built in 1960. The bridge is currently Structurally Deficient, which does not pose an immediate threat to the motoring public, but does require the FDOT to plan for a replacement bridge within the next 3 to 5 years. The general objective of the study is to provide documentation and information necessary for the FDOT to reach a decision on the feasibility, location, and conceptual design of a replacement for the existing Pensacola Bay Bridge. The factors to be considered in the analyses include: current and future traffic demand, social impacts, environmental impacts, community values, aesthetic considerations and engineering principles. Throughout the PD and E Study, a comprehensive public involvement program will provide numerous opportunities for local, state, and federal agencies and elected officials to provide valuable input into the development of the bridge replacement alternatives. In addition the general public will have opportunities to provide input through advertised public meetings, neighborhood workshops, and one-on-one contact with the PD and E Team. A project website that will provide information regarding upcoming meetings, schedules, and project documents will be available throughout the study process. The adopted bridge typical section consists of three 12-foot travel lanes, 10-foot shoulders on both sides of the travel lanes, and at least one 10-foot shared-use path to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians. A concrete barrier wall separates the motorized traffic from the shared-use path for the protection of pedestrians and bicyclists. An evaluation to reduce bridge costs has resulted in the consideration of a shared-use path on one side of the structure only. Placing a shared-use path on the northbound bridge would save approximately $17 million and would connect Pensacola Wayside Park and Gulf Breeze Wayside Park. Ultimately, the findings of the PD and E study, including an environmental document required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), will be documented and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for approval of the Location and Design Concept for the replacement bridge. Subsequent to the receipt of FHWA approval, the FDOT will continue forward with the production of design plans, right-of-way acquisition (if necessary) and finally, construction of the new bridge.

Reviews, Approvals and Permits

Title Responsible Agency Responsible Agency POC Estimated Completion Status
Clean Water Act, Section 404 permit for dredge & fill activities Reviewer TBD 6/30/2017 Complete
Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) Consistency Determination DOT Lauren Milligan 6/14/2015 Complete
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit Reviewer TBD 6/30/2017 Complete
Section 10 Permit Reviewer TBD 6/30/2017 Complete
USCG Bridge Permit David Frank 7/31/2017 Complete
Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS Mary Mittiga 4/07/2015 Complete
Consultation to Protect Essential Fish Habitat David Rydene 11/13/2014 Complete
NHPA Section 106 SHPO Consultation DOT Robert Bendus 11/13/2014 Complete
Pensacola Bay Bridge PD&E Study FONSI State or Local Agency, USACE Buddy Cunill 6/14/2015 Complete
EA for Pensacola Bridge PD&E Planning State or Local Agency, USACE J. Brandon Bruner 3/17/2014 Complete