The View From the Top

Cathy Salustri


The View From the Top

In April, drivers will use the new Bayway Bridge.

In less than two months, you’ll be driving your car across the newly completed span of Bayway Bridge.

St. Pete Beach commissioners met with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Bayway Bridge Project Manager Zack Adams Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Adams told them that the state contractor, Orion Marine, has poured 11 of the 18 portions of the eastbound span of the bridge and expects to pour the last bit of concrete by the end of February. Orions says traffic will cross the bridge by April. 

Orion, formerly Misener Marine, runs operations out of the port of Tampa and, according to Mr. Adams, has kept a tight construction schedule. Since the project started on February 7, 2012, Orion only halted construction when asked to do so during the Republican National Convention.

After completing the eastbound span, traffic in both directions will use the new span as FDOT completes the westbound span. Periodically, the state will have to close the bridge as Orion builds the westbound span. 

Commissioners thanked Mr. Adams for the thus-far timely construction and admired the view from the top.

"This is spectacular," Commissioner Jim Parent said.

“You guys have done a great job,” Commissioner Bev Garnett agreed.

“It's a credit to the contractor,” Mr. Adams told them "They haven't skipped a beat."