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Bridge contractor under pressure for repairs

Bridge contractor under pressure for repairs

State officials have been pressing the lead contractor on the new Pensacola Bay Bridge since October for details on the company’s plan to fix numerous cracks in the span’s concrete deck. In an email to the Florida Department of Transportation, obtained by this newspaper in a public records request, an independent bridge inspector raised questions […]

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 […]

Coalition strives to promote safety among older drivers

Coalition strives to promote safety among older drivers

The Florida Department of Transportation’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition is focused on addressing the needs of Florida’s aging drivers. The state has more residents over the age of 65 than it does under the age of 18. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Bridge tolls issue goes to court

Bridge tolls issue goes to court

Here comes the judge. After years of cautiously circling each other, posturing and trading ultimatums, state officials and the investors who bought bonds to build the Garcon Point Bridge are headed for a legal showdown. “It seems like they want it their way or no way,” State Rep. Jayer Williamson told the Navarre Press on […]

Our hopes for 2019

Our hopes for 2019

We hope Holley Navarre Water System will get their act together and behave like a professional board that controls one of the largest budgets in the county. We wish successful business owners, or at least people with board experience, would seek to become part of the board for no other reason than to serve their […]

Final Highway 98 options all include flyover

Final Highway 98 options all include flyover

The recommendations for U.S. Highway 98 are in, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has found that a flyover through the center of Navarre’s business district is the best solution to the roadway’s traffic woes. The search for the best alternative began with the launch of a PD&E (Project Development and Environment) study in […]

Bridge contract grows as cracks await repair

Bridge contract grows as cracks await repair

The price of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge has recently gone up as the Florida Department of Transportation awaits promised repairs to cracks in the work already done. Documents obtained in a public records request show that Skanska USA has been awarded a “supplemental” contract for about $25 million—in addition to the $398.5 million in […]

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 […]

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

The District 4 Master Plan has been revealed, and it is full of some great ideas: a plan for phasing in more walkability, new downtown friendly land development codes and lots of green space. We like where Matrix is going with this, especially when you look at the new overlay zoning. It intends to encourage […]

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Residents of Navarre will get their first chance Thursday evening to see the fruits of a year’s effort of planning and public comment to shape Navarre’s future through the District 4 Master Plan. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 […]

Fall months bring spike in activity among Florida’s largest land mammal

Fall months bring spike in activity among Florida’s largest land mammal

It’s a safe bet bears aren’t watching their figures in the fall and winter months. This is the time of the year when they are most active, that being the fall and winter months, as they pack on the pounds by consuming as many calories as possible. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 […]

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 […]

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

When Navarre resident James Coleman purchased the defunct Cinema Plus in Fort Walton, the sky was the limit. Coleman said the many memories that folks shared of the theater inspired him to invest in keeping it open in 2014. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

Navarre leaders tackling worries about road plan

A proposal to build a “community access road” to ease traffic on Highway 98 is being repackaged in an effort to calm the concerns of some Navarre residents. In fact, the whole idea of using the word “road” to describe the alternate route for local traffic in the Holley by the Sea area is now […]

BREAKING: Bridge contractor to replace concrete

BREAKING: Bridge contractor to replace concrete

After months of downplaying the seriousness of cracks found in construction of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, the contractor will tear out and replace several sections, Ian Satter, a Florida Department of Transportation official, wrote to the Navarre Press in an email on Thursday that Skanska USA, the agency’s general contractor on the $400 million […]

Pensacola bridge builder also faces Orlando cracks

Pensacola bridge builder also faces Orlando cracks

Another Skanska USA bridge in progress, another span dealing with cracks in new concrete construction. As the New Jersey-based contractor works to solve cracks that have appeared in the new $400 million Pensacola Bay Bridge, it has also been confronted with similar flaws in its new bridge on Interstate 4 in Orlando. Read the full […]

Emails show bridge project riddled with missteps

Emails show bridge project riddled with missteps

From poor communication between management and workers to using the wrong formula of concrete, Skanska USA has run into many problems in the current construction of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, according to inspectors. Within the more than 100 Florida Department of Transportation emails related to the three-mile span—obtained by this newspaper in a public […]

Agencies stonewalling on bridge flaws

Agencies stonewalling on bridge flaws

Sen. Bill Nelson’s office is warning that thousands of cracks found in construction on the Pensacola Bay Bridge, among others, “may involve inadequate supervision.” But both Nelson’s office and the Navarre Press have been blocked by government agencies in requests for details on the construction of bridges in Florida. Read the full article in the […]

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Larry Hoffman was hit by a car while jogging along Whitesands Boulevard on Navarre Beach. Now he is working to make sure it does not happen to anyone else. Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, part of his daily routine, when a vehicle hit him from behind on March […]

Former bridge worker questions construction cracks

Former bridge worker questions construction cracks

Whistleblowers often start expose quests alone, backed only by personal revelations and their reputations. Motivations are always open to the question: What’s in it for them? Richard William Gibbons Jr. knows he will face scrutiny about speaking to the Navarre Press this week, leveling assertions that the numerous cracks found in newly placed concrete on […]

Bridge monitoring expected for years

Bridge monitoring expected for years

Engineers who testify in legal cases about construction flaws say the thousands of cracks found in the new Pensacola Bay Bridge probably aren’t serious but should be monitored closely to make sure they aren’t spreading. That’s already the plan, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue […]

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 […]

BREAKING: Cracks in bridge construction raise questions

BREAKING: Cracks in bridge construction raise questions

Cracks in newly placed concrete during the current construction of the Pensacola Bay Bridge recently caused two temporary halts to work on the deck of the $400 million span, state officials told the Navarre Press Wednesday. “Cracks were identified in some of the newly placed concrete…,” said Tanya Branton in an email. “Work on this […]

Sharp divides surface in Gulf Breeze mayor’s race

Sharp divides surface in Gulf Breeze mayor’s race

The long quiet political landscape in the City of Gulf Breeze is rumbling. For the first time since 2008, candidates for the mayor’s seat on the city council are putting out yard signs, knocking on doors and airing their differences in a political campaign of the sort many residents can’t recall witnessing before. Read the […]

Proposed relief valve for Highway 98 rattles some residents

Proposed relief valve for Highway 98 rattles some residents

Almost everyone wants traffic reduced on Highway 98 through Navarre. But no one wants more vehicles routed through their neighborhood. Stress levels are already rising, even though the $500,000 feasibility study of possible routes for a new Community Access Road ordered by state and Santa Rosa County officials has barely begun and won’t be finished […]

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

98 flyover lacks chamber support, widening gets thumbs-up

When asked to name the greatest obstacle for Navarre’s future, residents have one overwhelming response: Traffic. That was the finding of an analysis of data by Matrix Design Group. A similar study conducted among Hurlburt Field personnel came up with the same concern: Fix traffic congestion. Read the full article in the June 14 issue […]

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

Chamber champions Highway 98 fix

The unfolding struggle to alleviate the traffic strangle on Highway 98 through Navarre is shaping up to be a major lobbying effort that may take several years and will likely reach to Tallahassee and even Washington, D.C. A campaign organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is getting underway with invitations being prepared […]

Project underway to spruce up State Road 87

Project underway to spruce up State Road 87

Workers broke ground May 29 along State Road 87 on a project to give tourists a more aesthetically pleasing entry into Navarre, Santa Rosa County’s largest tourist-tax generating region. The project incorporates new landscaping and signage along roughly three miles on 87 to be installed by Piney Grove Nursery & Landscaping LLC. Design work was […]

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Navarre-Hurlburt Connector: Babiak’s solution

Longtime Navarre resident Phil Babiak has been advocating for years for a secondary east-west route between Navarre and Hurlburt Field to alleviate mounting traffic concerns along U.S. Highway 98. That plan finally has a name: the Navarre-Hurlburt Connector. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

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