Officials say work to build a new Interstate 10 bridge at Pensacola to replace the one damaged by Hurricane Ivan is expected to begin this spring.
Planners say construction on the bridge connecting Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties is set to begin after the contract for the $325 million project is accepted on April 1.
The bridge was heavily damaged during Hurricane Ivan on September 16.
Photographs of the bridge with a truck dangling over one of the missing sections symbolized Ivan's destruction across the northern Gulf Coast. Divers found the body of the truck driver in the bay where his cab landed.
In October, Congress approved spending more than $1 billion to repair roads and bridges damaged by hurricanes and other natural disasters.