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5 things to know: Bay bridge recovery

5 things to know: Bay bridge recovery

Pensacola Bay Bridge reconstruction is set to drag into early March 2021, and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is evaluating options to alleviate traffic concerns. As the only direct connection between south Santa Rosa County and Pensacola, the bridge saw tens of thousands of vehicles each day. Now, those travelers either take Garcon Point Bridge […]

Pensacola Bay Bridge repair to take six months

Pensacola Bay Bridge repair to take six months

Pensacola Bay Bridge is expected to remain closed for at least six months as crews repair sections smashed during Hurricane Sally, according to a press release from Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).  Sections of the bridge were damaged and five 150 foot spans were completely destroyed after more than 20 barges owned by bridge builder […]

Latest updates on road and bridge closures

Latest updates on road and bridge closures

Here are the latest updates from the Florida Department of Transportation on state road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to Hurricane Sally. Escambia County Pensacola International Airport has suspended operations for all arriving and departing commercial The Pensacola Bay Bridge on U.S. 98 is closed to all Jackson County R. 166 […]

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 […]