Traffic restrictions lifted on Mid-Bay Bridge

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Travel restrictions are lifted on the Mid-Bay Bridge. (Skye Marthaler)

CHIPLEY, Fla., June 27, 2019—Traffic restriction on the Mid-Bay Bridge were lifted today.

The Florida Department of Transportation lifted traffic opened the structure to traffic at 1 a.m. this morning.

However, restrictions on oversize and overweight vehicles in excess of 80,000 pounds (40 tons) will remain.

Traffic was previously limited to two-axle vehicles including cars, trucks, SUVs, school buses and limited emergency medical services and first responder equipment only.

Phase one of permanent repairs to replace eight post-tensioning tendons, which are prestressed steel cables inside the bridge that reinforce concrete, are complete.

Crews will continue maintenance operations with no anticipated lane closures.

FDOT engineers and Mid-Bay Bridge Authority consultants inspected the bridge and performed tests to verify the bridge was structurally sound before lifting the restrictions.

The Mid-Bay Bridge, a 3.6-mile two-lane toll bridge spanning the Choctawhatchee Bay, was built in 1993 and averages 22,000 vehicles per day.

FDOT news release

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