FEMA Helps Replace Pensacola Landmark

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will help to replace a fishing bridge that spans Pensacola Bay.

The agency already had agreed to pay Escambia County $5 million. Now it will put up another $6 million to help demolish and rebuild the north half of the old bridge.

The old three-mile-long, two-lane bridge was replaced in the 1960s by the current four-lane span.

For years the two sides of the bridge were popular fishing sites because of access to water up to 30 feet deep, but Hurricane Ivan's storm surge in September 2004 lifted many segments of the old bridge off their pilings.