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Cracked concrete twice stopped part of the reconstruction of the Pensacola Bay Bridge

Skanska USA suspended concrete placement on the bridge deck in April and June following the discovery of cracks in the concrete in March
August 05, 2018 10:00AM

Pensacola Bay Bridge replacement project (Credit: NorthEscambia.com)

Cracks in concrete have led to two partial suspensions of the reconstruction the Pensacola Bay Bridge since April.

Contractor Skanska USA partially suspended work on the $400 million project following the discovery of cracks in freshly placed concrete in March, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

The incidents raised questions about FDOT’s duty to disclose bridge-construction flaws, following the deadly collapse of a newly built pedestrian bridge in Miami on the Florida International University campus in March, which killed six people.

An engineer with the company that designed the FIU pedestrian bridge left a voice mail with an FDOT official two days before it collapsed to convey information about cracks in the northern end of the bridge.

Skanska suspended concrete placement for the bridge deck from April 5 to 16 and again from June 26 to 27 while other components of the bridge reconstruction project continued.

Ed Siefert, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation, told the Pensacola News-Journal in an email that part of the bridge-deck concrete cracked as it hardened.

Seifert also told the News-Journal that Skanska was on track to finish the bridge project by 2020. The work started in 2017.

The newspaper also reported that Skanska could earn a $15 million bonus by finishing the eastbound lanes of the rebuilt bridge by January.

The work suspensions raised questions about FDOT’s duty to disclose bridge-construction flaws, following the deadly collapse of a newly built pedestrian bridge in Miami on the Florida International University campus in March, which killed six people.

An engineer with the company that designed the FIU bridge left a voice mail with an FDOT official two days before it collapsed to convey information about cracks in the northern end of the bridge.

A Skanska spokesman did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment. [Pensacola News-Journal] – Mike Seemuth