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Original I-10 Escambia Bay Bridge


Original I-10 Escambia Bay Bridge under construction

Original I-10 Escambia Bay Bridge under construction in the 1960's.

Photo taken by unknown in 1960's

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

BH Photo #353560



Demolition of the I-10 Bridge in Pensacola, Florida

Hurricane Ivan severely damaged 4 miles of the I-10 Bridge crossing the Escambia Bay on September 16th, 2004. While repairs were immediately performed to one bridge in order to allow travel across the bay, the original bridges were replaced. January 2008, Company Wrench Provided the machinery that completed the demolition of the bridges. Equipment used: Komatsu PC800's with LaBounty UP90's

Video posted by Company Wrench

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FDOT Research Highlights: Wave studies

Show picture clips of the original I-10 Escambia Bay Bridge.

Several Gulf-coast bridges were severely damaged during the 2005 hurricane season. Hurricane Ivan's severe wave action and 15-foot storm surge knocked 58 spans off of the I-10 Bridge across Pensacola Bay and misaligned 66 others.

Video posted by MyFDOT

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Pensacola Bridge East to West April 6, 2007

Shows parts of old bridge on the far right side of the two new bridges. Crossing over the Escambia Bay Bridge on April 6, 2007 moving East to West.

Video posted by Nelson Coleman

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Built in 1968. Destroyed beyond repair in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan. Replaced in 2008 with newer bridge. One side of the twin bridges was able to repaired to a point to allow two way traffic while other bridge is destroyed and new bridge to replace it. Then once new bridge was ready, they made that two-way to destroy and replace the final old bridge.


Lost Steel stringer bridge over Escambia Bay on I-10/SR 8
Santa Rosa County, Florida, and Escambia County, Florida
Destroyed by Hurricane Ivan 2004, replaced by a new bridge 2008
Built 1968; Replaced 2008
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 170.0 ft.
Total length: 13,597.8 ft. (2.6 mi.)
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Also called
Original Interstate 10 Escambia Bay Bridge
Original Escambia Bay Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.52007, -87.14204   (decimal degrees)
30°31'12" N, 87°08'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/486372/3376424 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
FDOT 580071 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
FDOT 580058 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 64365 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 16, 2016: New photo from Dallam Oliver-Lee
  • December 1, 2014: New video from Dallam Oliver-Lee


  • Dallam Oliver-Lee