‘Heart of Navarre’ to get face-lift

Navarre Beach visitors trying to access Gulf Boulevard from Navarre Bridge will have a dedicated right-turn lane by November 2017 County Commissioner Rob Williamson said Tuesday, Sept. 27 during his Heart of Navarre Tourism Corridor presentation at the Navarre Visitor Information Center.

Construction of the turn lane would begin in February or March if the Board of County Commissioners votes to approve seeking a contractor at their Nov. 1 meeting.

Though previous discussions had leaned toward a roundabout being placed at the intersection, Williamson said that is not as cost effective as the turn lane.

“I love the idea of a roundabout,” he said. “Aesthetically I think it would be a pretty neat look…I think it would be a great thing, but bottom line we are looking at $1 million because you have to purchase right of way and do the roundabout. I think the preliminary projections are around $250,000 to $300,000 to do a dedicated right-turn lane.”

The $1 million figure Williamson is referring to is the estimate provided by Volkert Engineering back in 2013.

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