Workshop Handout - August 2011

Project Area Map THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for the replacement of the Pensacola Bay Bridge located in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties: SR 30 (US 98) from 17th Avenue in Pensacola to Baybridge Drive in Gulf Breeze. Various alternatives and alignments will be considered to address both safety and possible capacity improvements that will tie into the existing facilities.

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&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&E Team. A project website that will provide information regarding upcoming meetings, schedules, and project documents will be available throughout the study process.

Ultimately, the findings of the PD&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 the FHWA's 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.


Public Involvement is a critical component of the PD&E process and is intended to 1) help the public better understand transportation planning, 2) allow the public to express concerns and opinions regarding the project, and 3) result in a final transportation solution that meets the needs and desires of the community. Project newsletters will be distributed at various key times throughout the study to provide updates on the project's progress.

Throughout the project, there will be several opportunities to share your comments about the project and receive updates. Meetings will be held with local agencies and officials during decision-making stages of the study. The project will have several public meetings over the next few years. Please refer to the Project Milestones on this newsletter for a general idea when these meetings will occur. Before the public meetings, advertisements will be placed in The Pensacola News Journal in Pensacola and the Gulf Breeze News in Gulf Breeze, as well as the project's website.


We encourage you to take an active part in this PD&E Study. If you wish to discuss the project with a study team member or be added to the mailing list, please contact one of the following members of the Project Team:

Project Development Engineer
FDOT, District 3
1074 Highway 90
Chipley, Florida 32428
Phone: 850-415-9625

Project Manager
10748 Deerwood Park Blvd., South
Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Phone: 904-256-2139

Deputy Project Manager
1701 Hermitage Blvd., Suite 101
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: 850-558-2800