March 4, 2021


Anything but ordinary

Skanska’s Florida bridge project shut down after construction barges slam into spans during Hurricane Sally

Dive Brief: Florida Office of Transportation (FDOT) inspectors are nonetheless evaluating the harm caused to the...

Dive Brief:

  • Florida Office of Transportation (FDOT) inspectors are nonetheless evaluating the harm caused to the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Pensacola, Florida, after barges applied in the building of the $430 million project broke free of charge from their moorings throughout Hurricane Sally and slammed into it. Skanska USA’s Civil Southeast division is major building of the framework, also identified as Three Mile Bridge. 
  • FDOT authorities are evaluating the entire bridge, which include the underwater substructure, and have therefore much determined that five of the bridge’s 105 spans are broken further than repair service and will have to be replaced. The FDOT is nonetheless evaluating the extent of harm and formulating a program for required repairs to other regions of the bridge. 
  • Soon after its examination is finish, the FDOT will shore up the bridge so that demolition of the five spans can start. The bridge will stay closed to targeted traffic “for an extended interval of time” though reconstruction and significant repairs are carried out. Minimal repairs are planned for following the bridge is reopened to targeted traffic. 

Dive Insight:

Skanska started construction of the almost 3-mile-extensive bridge in 2017, and the eventual eastbound span opened in 2019. Right until the new, permanent westbound span opens in 2021, both of those westbound and eastbound targeted traffic have been using the now-broken concluded span. 

While Skanska did not share with Construction Dive just how lots of barges broke loose throughout previous week’s hurricane, one barge with a crane atop it reportedly did significant harm to the Pensacola Bay Bridge, though other people washed up in different other destinations, which include versus an additional bridge that is getting applied as an alternate route though the Pensacola Bay Bridge is closed. Other barges have also washed up on personal home.

Skanska despatched Construction Dive the following statement, saying that it is concentrating its initiatives on the recovery:

“Skanska stays devoted to the ongoing restoration of the Three Mile Bridge and the recovery of the community at significant — including the harmless and prompt retrieval of our building barges. Skanska is in speak to with people who have had our barges run ashore on their home. We have dispatched a community outreach crew and insurance coverage promises specialists who will be conference individually with each home owner in the coming days and will manual them in the course of the barge retrieval and insurance coverage course of action. 

“Each and every barge is a special recovery procedure. We are performing with engineers and maritime recovery authorities to determine how to safely clear away each barge though reducing additional disruption to both of those the home owner and their neighbors.”