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FDOT sets 98 flyover as recommended alternative

FDOT sets 98 flyover as recommended alternative

More than 360 people crowded into the Days Inn and Suites Navarre Conference Center Jan. 15 to view and comment on plans to widen U.S. Highway 98 and put a flyover through Navarre. After more than two years of work, Florida Department of Transportation officials presented their top chosen option based on the data. The […]

FDOT: 98 flyover design still alive

FDOT: 98 flyover design still alive

Despite claims made by another newspaper in the area, plans for a fly over through Navarre along U.S. Highway 98 are still under consideration according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). FDOT heads the project, and final decisions on which alternative will be selected fall under their purview. FDOT Public Information Specialist Tanya Sanders […]

98 turn lane projects start Monday

98 turn lane projects start Monday

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 […]

Update from FDOT: New bridge has at least 3,000 cracks

Update from FDOT: New bridge has at least 3,000 cracks

With construction of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge less than half completed, inspectors have found at least 3,000 cracks in newly placed concrete on the span’s decks. First disclosed by the Navarre Press last week, the cracks were described as “superficial” by a Florida Department of Transportation official in a media conference called by the […]

Bridge cracks go unrepaired while under scrutiny

Bridge cracks go unrepaired while under scrutiny

Since cracks in portions of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge were disclosed last week after a Navarre Press query, engineers have continued to look for the best way to fix them as work on the three-mile span continues. Tanya Branton, a Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman, responded to follow-up questions about the cracks. She said […]

School Board to give Food World a facelift

School Board to give Food World a facelift

The Santa Rosa County School Board gave the go ahead Thursday, July 22 for the $1.45 million purchase of an old grocery store building in Milton to replace the district’s Berryhill Administrative Complex. Located at 6032 Highway 90, the roughly 46,000-square-foot building will need several updates to house the Exceptional Student Education administrative offices along […]

FDOT responds to traffic analysis along US 98

FDOT responds to traffic analysis along US 98

Longtime Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce member Ralph Agnew helped spearhead an effort to have the Florida Department of Transportation do a traffic analysis in areas along U.S. Highway 98 that, as Agnew states, “have been prone to accidents for years.” FDOT recently responded with its recommendations for locations on the highway – Biscayne […]

Gulf Breeze eyes big profit on Wayside Park

Gulf Breeze eyes big profit on Wayside Park

In a proposed deal that even Donald Trump might envy, the Gulf Breeze City Council is seeking a mark-up of nearly $13 million on a $100 investment by selling a sliver of Wayside Park to the state as right-of-way for the new Pensacola Bay Bridge. With the deadline just two weeks away for the Florida […]

County’s closed-door meeting riles Tiger Point residents

County’s closed-door meeting riles Tiger Point residents

Tiger Point residents’ worries over traffic safety around the new Sacred Heart clinic under construction on U.S. Highway 98 are growing after they were excluded from a closed-door meeting of county and state officials on the issue last week. “The county commission seems to have made a decision without much input from people who live […]

Navarre Beach signage absent near new Pensacola bridge

Navarre Beach signage absent near new Pensacola bridge

Although the planned new bridge across Pensacola Bay has a budget of more than $450 million, there aren’t any plans for signage that points the way to Navarre Beach from the revamped northwestern gateway to Santa Rosa County. Thus the locator gap that currently excludes Navarre Beach from notice to motorists entering Santa Rosa from […]

Studies show red-light cameras increase accidents

Studies show red-light cameras increase accidents

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ recently released report indicates red-light cameras at intersections increase accidents cumulatively by nearly 15 percent. This finding is in direct opposition to the reasons provided for placing red-light cameras into service. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

Gulf Breeze may seek changes to bridge plan

Gulf Breeze may seek changes to bridge plan

The Gulf Breeze City Council has a short wish list for construction of the new $450 million Pensacola Bay Bridge: Move the southbound landing to relieve a recurring bottleneck on U.S. Highway 98. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

Bigger Better Bridge

Bigger Better Bridge

A “notice to proceed” to replace the aging Pensacola Bay Bridge will be given by end of the year if everything falls into place, says Florida Department of Transportation engineer, Kerrie Harrell. Harrell drove from Tallahassee Thursday morning, Jan. 14 to speak to the Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Andrews Institute. “My […]

County approves pier contract amendments

County approves pier contract amendments

At the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners’ meeting on Jan. 14, the discussion with pier operator Coastal Concessions continued regarding making amendments to the pier management contract currently in place with the county. Coastal Concessions has been under the microscope recently because of overdue payment of pier admission fees to the county. Coastal Concessions […]

DOT seeks input on $1.5 million pedestrian overpass

DOT seeks input on $1.5 million pedestrian overpass

If plans for a pedestrian overpass continue moving forward its $1.5 million construction could start in 2021. Dozens of Navarre residents attended a meeting hosted June 30 by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to provide details about and get public input on the proposed project, which is planned for U.S. 98 at Navarre Park in the […]

DOT nixes plans for overpass

DOT nixes plans for overpass

The Department of Transportation has deleted the proposed Highway 98 overpass from the five-year work plan, citing utility costs and the impact to Gulf Power’s transmission line, officials announced at a Dec. 2 public hearing. Read more  in the Dec. 4 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.      

US 98 projects: 2 on track, 1 delayed

US 98 projects: 2 on track, 1 delayed

What is more than 24 miles long and costs more than $47 million? Three construction projects along Highway 98 between the Hurlburt Main Gate at Cody Avenue in Okaloosa County and the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Gulf Breeze. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the two resurfacing projects, that run from the bridge to […]

More 98 nighttime lane closures

More 98 nighttime lane closures

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that nighttime paving operations will resume Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m. between Live Oak Village Shopping Center and Nantahala Beach Road. The work will require alternating lane closures east and westbound between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Thursday, July 24. One lane of traffic […]

Highway 98 lane closures east of Hurlburt

Highway 98 lane closures east of Hurlburt

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has announced lane closures of Highway 98, just east of Cody Avenue starting July 7. The closures will impact the inside lanes of both eastbound and westbound traffic. According to FDOT, the closures will take place between 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., July 7 – 10. The closures are […]

Full house for Bay Bridge meeting

Full house for Bay Bridge meeting

About 150 people packed a meeting room in Pensacola June 10 for a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) public hearing about the Pensacola Bay Bridge project. The purpose of the meeting was to share information about the project’s preferred alternative, as well as to receive public input. Read more in the June 19 issue of […]

Pensacola Bay Bridge alignments discussed

Pensacola Bay Bridge alignments discussed

Florida Department of Transportation officials answered questions from members of the Project Advisory Group Tuesday regarding the replacement of the Pensacola Bay Bridge and its potential impacts on the Gulf Breeze community. “A central corridor would be the least disruptive to community facilities, marine environment, businesses and it would preserve the most amount of shoreline,” […]

Highway 87 lane closures planned Monday

Highway 87 lane closures planned Monday

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced that traffic will encounter alternating lane closures at Laredo Street Monday, March 31 as crews complete paving operations. Lane restrictions will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Construction activities may be delayed or re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. FDOT reminds motorists to travel […]

Hurlburt project a little behind schedule

Hurlburt project a little behind schedule

Winter weather earlier this month has put the U.S. 98 Cody Avenue/ Hurlburt Field Entrance project a little behind schedule. Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tanya Branton said the project’s contractor is adjusting their work schedule and will work seven days a week and nights to complete the project within the allowable time frame. Read […]

Road closure updates: bridges and I-10 now open

Road closure updates: bridges and I-10 now open

Northbound and southbound lanes of the Pensacola Bay Bridge/Three-Mile Bridge re-opened just after 1 p.m. today. I-10 is also now open. The following roads and bridges are also open: Navarre Beach Causeway (SR 399 Bridge between Navarre and Navarre Beach) U.S. 90 is open with hazards between Escambia and Santa Rosa County The Yellow River Bridge […]

FDOT to assess roads Thursday

FDOT to assess roads Thursday

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will begin evaluating state roadways in the northwest Florida at day break, Thursday, Jan. 30.  The department anticipates opening lanes on I-10 late Thursday afternoon, Jan. 30 once temperatures rise and ice begins melting. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Northwest Florida call center will be open to assist […]

Breaking News: FDOT has no immediate plans to open I-10

Breaking News: FDOT has no immediate plans to open I-10

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises I-10 is closed from the Alabama state line to Tallahassee.  FDOT has no immediate plans for reopening as any thawing that takes place Thursday will be immediately followed by sub-freezing temperatures Thursday night.  Warmer conditions and sunshine are forecast for Friday.  By Friday afternoon most of the area […]