Sherwood Drive to close for drainage work

Sherwood Drive in the Holley by the Sea (HBTS) subdivision of Navarre will be closed March 19-26 for installation of a box culvert crossing as part the Camden Drive Outfall Project.

The project will improve stormwater conveyance and water quality of adjacent wetlands. Detours will be in place as needed to direct traffic around the impacted areas. Drivers are asked to use caution.

County Engineer Roger Blaylock explained that the project is one piece of the puzzle to improve stormwater in HBTS.

“What we are doing with the project is re-establishing drainage in area to outfall to drainage along that roadway and ultimately to Tom King Bayou,” he said.

Construction for the Camden Drive Outfall Project Phase I commenced in December 2018.
The $1.2 million project is the first of two phases that will provide improved stormwater conveyance and water quality of adjacent wetlands. The Florida Statewide Surface Water Restoration Program provided a $650,000 grant for partial funding.
The improvements are part of the list of projects included in a Baskerville Donovan, Inc. (BDI) drainage study done for Holley by the Sea (HBTS). Santa Rosa County paid BDI $313,000 for additional design work on the project back in December 2016.
The project includes paving Camden Dr. from Indian Street to Kempton Street and upgrading existing drainage culverts. By contract, the project, which had a start date of Nov. 26, should be completed within 180 days. Local traffic along Camden Dr., Sherwood Dr., Indian Street, Glassport Street, Bellingham Street, Kempton Street and Elbing Street will be temporarily impacted during construction of stormwater improvements and paving activities.
Blaylock said the full project will improve the flow of water in the immediate area of Camden Drive.

“It will have a large impact to the surrounding area. For HBTS, it is an initial step. It is not going to impact all of HBTS area, but it will be an improvement for draining to and near Camden,” he said.

Concerns regarding work can be directed to Michael Schmidt, Santa Rosa County engineering department, 850-981-7100 or


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