Work crews have begun construction on new turn lanes and safety improvements along U.S. Highway 98 under Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) supervision.
The construction, which began last Monday, will cover an area stretching from the intersection of Constitution Drive east to the Navarre School Road intersection, according to an FDOT press release.
The $847,000 project includes new turn lanes, improving drainage and constructing new curbs and gutters on 98 at the intersections.
Navarre School Road will have installation of a new south bound right turn lane onto 98, and the side street will be resurfaced and widened near 98. There will also be a new right turn lane installed eastbound on 98 connecting to Newport Street and Thresher Drive.
At the Constitution Drive intersection, a new raised median will be constructed between Sunrise Drive and Cotton Bay Lane. Left turns from Constitution Drive and Sealark Lane to U.S. 98 will be eliminated. Instead, drivers will turn right, then use the available median opening to make a U-turn.
Westbound traffic along 98 will also receive a new right turn lane to access Constitution Drive, and the westbound left turn lane on 98 leading up to Sunrise Drive will be extended, ending at the Tom Thumb store.
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Lane closures are expected with the work but will only occur between 8 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. according to FDOT. Lanes will not be closed during holidays or during:
- Blue Angels Air Show on Pensacola Beach
- Spring Break
- Beach concert events
- Events at Navarre Park
FDOT reports work on the project is expected to be completed by early 2019. The projects come ahead of long-term plans to eventually expand 98 to six lanes in the coming years. 98 has largely surpassed its maximum trips per day.