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