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Gulf Breeze residents reaction to 3 Mile Bridge plans
GULF BREEZE -- For the past three years, there's been talk about replacing the pensacola bay bridge.. and now there are some potential plans on the table.
Right now, the most favored plan is the so-called "Central West" design.
That's the design that could affect those businesses you see right as you enter Gulf Breeze.
Project managers say it's the least disruptive plan for everyone.
In the next three years this bridge will be completely rebuilt.
We talked to people who use the bridge and say it's in need of an update.
The bridge is over 50 years old.
The Florida Department of Transportation says the bridge has almost reached the end of it's life.
Irene Williford uses the bridge and says it's traffic is horrendous.
Irene Williford/Navarre Resident "Progress is inevitable it's never going to change. Navarre has grown too. And Gulf Breeze has grown and some of the businesses are going to get hurt but it's not going to last forever."
The problem some residents have with the preferred plan is that some businesses on the western-foot of the bridge could be jeopardized.
I showed Gulf Breeze resident, Chandler Burke the two proposed plans.
He says he prefers the Central-East design plan.
Chandler Burke/Gulf Breeze Resident "The one that keeps the Bridge Bar. The one that keeps the local businesses. They are already there. Why would you take away something that is already there. They are already generating revenue to the local economy, so that is stupid to pull away things that are already generating revenue towards that?"
The Central-West design plan was preferred at last night's meeting.
No decisions will be made until after FDOT hosts a public information meeting on June 10th. At that meeting they will want to know the public's ideas and concerns.
Irene Williford/Navarre Resident : "I think it is great for the area that they are going to build a new bridge and I hope it doesn't take too long."
Chandler Burke/ Gulf Breeze Resident "I mean if it's not broke don't fix it but if it's going to help the traffic flow, sure why not."
The new bridge will take eight years to complete.
Three years until construction will begin and about five years until the work is done.
FDOT will host a public meeting June 10th but if you want to give your opinion now go to weartv.com and click Newslinks.