The Interstate 10 Bridge over Escambia Bay in Pensacola, FL,
is about to receive an extreme makeover.
On September 16, 2004, the bridge was temporarily shut down
after Hurricane Ivan tore apart large sections of its construction. Thanks to
the efforts of a number of area construction teams, some lanes on the bridge
were reopened within 24 days of the storm, the Fort Myers News-Press reported.
A $242 million contract has been awarded to Tidewater
Skanska, a Virginia-based company, to replace the broken areas of the bridge
and bring it back to its previous operational status. It will take two years to
complete the project, The Associated Press reported.
Before the storm, the bridge daily carried approximately
42,000 passenger vehicles and commercial trucks across the bay, The
Associated Press said. Since then, many travelers have been diverted to a
northern detour route to avoid the bottleneck at the bridge.