Pensacola attorneys maintain city corridor to debate lawsuit over bridge closure

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) – Dozens of frustrated Floridians went to a town hall at Blue Wahoos Stadium Thursday night to learn about the lawsuit against Skanska.

“There is absolutely no concern for our community and the people who are losing their jobs on the beach in Pensacola,” said one woman.

Levin Papantonio Rafferty law firm organized the meeting. They have filed a lawsuit against Skanska for failing to secure their barges during Hurricane Sally and for damaging the Three Mile Bridge.

“You should take these barges to East Bay,” said Attorney Brian Barr. “That’s where they should be. It’s not where they were, and that’s why we’re here. “

The bridge is the main artery between Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach. Companies are now hurting in these areas. Many of them are included in the lawsuit against Skanska.

“To make sure you hold them accountable, you need to band together and show them we’re not backing down, that this is our livelihood, that this is our community,” said Attorney Troy Rafferty.

Skanska USA is seeking full discharge but several local lawyers say they don’t believe this will happen. If not, they will continue to try to limit liability.

The bridge work will continue and is expected to reopen in March.

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