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Plans to rebuild Pensacola Bay Bridge near final stages

Plans to replace the Three-Mile Bridge between Gulf Breeze and Pensacola are nearing the final stages.

Last night the Florida Department of Transportation hosted a meeting to present the two preferred paths a new bridge could take.
   
It's the culmination of three years of study.
Right now, the 54-year-old bridge is considered 'structurally deficient".   But still sees an average of 55,000 cars a day.
   
DOT expects traffic to increase to 67,000 a day by 2040.
Engineers plan to have six lanes of traffic in the new bridge with three lanes going in each direction.
   
Last month, President Obama specifically mentioned the bridge as one of the projects he wants to see fast-tracked.
   
The new span would take an estimated five years to complete.
The total cost is estimated at about 650-million dollars.