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Traffic has been reduced to two lanes on a section of Pensacola’s 12th Avenue as crews start work this week on the $4.2 million replacement of the road’s bridge over Bayou Texar.

The bridge, which carries an estimated 15,000 vehicles per day, was built in 1956 and has been regarded as “functionally obsolete” since 2000.

According to officials with the Florida Department of Transportation, the new bridge will be built in two phases by constructing one half of the bridge at a time. Traffic will be reduced from four to two lanes. Two lanes of two-way traffic will remain open for the duration of the project. Crews are scheduled to shift traffic to the west side of the bridge around September 22 and begin construction of the eastbound lanes.

In addition to four lanes of vehicle traffic, the new wider bridge will also include bicycle lanes and sidewalks.

The project is slated to be completed in the fall of 2016.

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