Bridges, roads out - including I-10 bridge in Pensacola - after Ivan passes

| Thursday, September 16, 2004

Roads were out throughout the Pensacola, FL, area and other nearby regions Thursday, Sept. 16, after Hurricane Ivan blasted through the area, according to reports from Florida and Alabama officials and media outlets.

Leading the list was the Interstate 10 bridge over Escambia Bay, which connects the east side of the city to the rest of the Florida Panhandle. Photos and video of the bridge break show the remains of a tractor-trailer that was damaged when the bridge went out. A portion of the eastbound lanes – some reports placed it at a quarter mile of pavement – plunged into the bay, while the westbound lanes were damaged.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol and media sources, bridges closed or reporting damage include:

  • The U.S. 90 bridge across Escambia Bay, which lies to the north of the I-10 bridge;
  • The state Route 399 bridge to Pensacola Beach;
  • The state Route 399 bridge to Navarre Beach;
  • The state Route 292 bridge to Perdido Key;
  • The Pensacola Bay Bridge, U.S. 98, from Pensacola to Gulf Breeze is closed due to structural damage;
  • The Lillian Bridge on U.S. 98 at the Florida-Alabama state line is closed;
  • The Garson Point Bridge on state Route 281 is closed due to structural damage;
  • The U.S. 98 bridge between Destin and Fort Walton Beach, FL, about 50 miles east of Pensacola, is closed;
  • The U.S. 331 bridge between Chat Holly and Jolly Bay is closed;
  • The Dauphin Island Bridge, state Highway 193, in Dauphin, AL, to remove debris and check for possible damage;
  • State Route 85, the Shoal River Bridge, south of Crestview was closed, and the road nearby was washed out; and
  • State Route 189, on the south end of the Shalomar Bridge in Okaloosa County, is washed out and the bridge is closed;

All of the bridges were in the Florida Panhandle except the Dauphin Island Bridge.

The Patrol says other highways in Florida closed or reporting damage include:

  • State Route 89 north of Crestview in Okaloosa County because of debris and excess water;
  • Interstate 10 eastbound coming into Florida from Alabama;
  • U.S. 29 from County Road 164 north into the State of Alabama is closed due to flooding;

More highways and bridges were also out, most due to debris clogging the roadway, but others because of damage related to the storm.

There were some reports that Bankhead Tunnel, which carries U.S. 90 under the Mobile River, was damaged by the hurricane, but Alabama officials told Land Line that the tunnel was closed so its floodgate could be secured. State workers are already making efforts to reopen the structure.

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