The new Hathaway Bridge is finally complete in Panama City.
The area has been a construction site since heavy equipment began moving in back in February of 2001. It will still be a while before the eastbound lanes are open to traffic, but at least the heavy stuff is finally done.
Engineers say the bridge deck needs to be ground down and then grooved, traffic stripes need to be painted and light poles must be put up. But they hope all of it gets done in 90 days or so.
Bridge construction led to two deaths. There was also a major reduction of workforce due to failed drug tests during construction of the westbound span, which opened to traffic in October.
Demolition of the old bridge is moving along as well. Light poles, handrails and guardrails are already gone. Some of the old bridge will be taken out into the Gulf of Mexico for use as an artificial reef.