The Garcon Point Bridge is a 2-lane toll bridge in Santa Rosa County, in the Florida panhandle. The bridge generally runs north-south and connects U.S. Route 98 east of Gulf Breeze, Florida to Interstate 10 and U.S. Route 90 west of Milton, Florida. Tolls for the bridge are collected at a five-lane plaza just north of Garcon Point. The toll collection point includes two SunPass lanes that allow account holders to proceed through the plaza at 25 miles per hour.
Client: Santa Rosa Bay Bridge Authority
Location: Santa Rosa County, Florida
Area: 18,425′ ft.
Cost: $100 Million
Remarks: Garcon Point Bridge was built in 29 months and completed one month ahead of schedule.
Winner of the 2000 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers, this $100 Million, 3.5-mile-long precast concrete segmental Garcon Point Bridge was built in 29 months and completed one month ahead of schedule. The 225’ main span provides 65’ of vertical clearance over the navigable waterway.
The superstructure is supported by cast-in-place piers for the low-level section and precast, post-tensioned box piers for the high-level section. In May 1998, seven 140’ spans (980’) were erected in seven consecutive days, which set a world record for precast segmental span-by-span construction. Innovative financing was used to accomplish this project. The project also consisted of 7.5 miles of 2-lane roadway with shoulders.
The two-lane span was constructed to both alleviate growing traffic concerns along the Three Mile Bridge (U.S. 98) across Pensacola Bay and to better facilitate hurricane evacuation traffic to I-10 and points northward.