Traffic

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 […]

Parents urged to be proactive in teen driver safety

Parents urged to be proactive in teen driver safety

Only about 4 in 10 parents discuss safe driving with their children, according to a recent survey by national auto insurer Allstate, even though car accidents remain the leading cause of death for teens. Troy Jensen, sales manager for Navarre-based auto insurance provider Bearman Insurance, said talking safe driving with teens should be a given […]

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 […]

1 SOW commander looking at transportation issues

1 SOW commander looking at transportation issues

During a media roundtable Friday morning, Col. Michael Conley, the new commander of 1 SOW (Special Operations Wing), sat down to discuss local issues impacting his airmen and the community. Highway 98 traffic and keeping his airmen mentally and physically ready led the way. His social media skills – not so much. Read the full […]

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 […]

Highway 98: Another alternative

Highway 98: Another alternative

Navarre has a traffic problem, and its name is U.S. Highway 98. For years politicians, planners and locals have debated how best to solve the problem. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for […]

Rancor over red-light cameras resurfaces

Rancor over red-light cameras resurfaces

  Retired Navy Senior Chief Geoff Ross recently looked for hot-button issues in his candidacy for the Santa Rosa County Commission and hit on a controversial target in the red-light cameras used for traffic enforcement. Read the full article in the Jan. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

All about the timing

All about the timing

In traffic management timing can be crucial, but traffic issues along U.S. Highway 98 may not be so easily solved. Surveying and engineering company DRMP, Inc.  is currently working to “resignalize” the roadways of Santa Rosa County including the 20 mile portion of 98 that runs from Kelton Boulevard to Orion Drive. There are 21 […]

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Both of the PUD developments proposed along Whispering Pines Boulevard were halted Thursday night, but development of at least one of the properties is still likely. The issue was up for vote before the Board of County Commissioners Thursday night durign their regular special rezoning meeting. The first and most contentious of the developments would […]

New apartments, subdivision planned for Navarre

New apartments, subdivision planned for Navarre

Navarre could see a new apartment complex and new subdivision development along Whispering Pines Blvd. pending county approval. The Zoning Board will consider rezoning roughly 108 acres of property Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. If approved the property is planned for a new 164 unit apartment complex called Sanctuary Apartments as well as a new […]

Residents concerned about losing property

Residents concerned about losing property

Maps of miles of U.S. Highway 98 stretched across tables last week at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) public hearings outlining the impacts that widening the road could have on hundreds of property owners and hundreds of thousands more who drive the corridor each day. Among the changes were proposals that would put a […]

Panhandle Trail closes for line install

Panhandle Trail closes for line install

Water and sewer line placement will temporarily close part of Panhandle Trail until Friday according to a Santa Rosa County press release. Panhandle Trail in Navarre will be closed between U.S. Highway 98 and Timber Lane starting Tuesday, Oct. 24 through close of business on Friday, Oct. 27. The eastbound left and westbound right turn […]

Law of motion causes Gulf Breeze traffic standstills

Law of motion causes Gulf Breeze traffic standstills

Sir Isaac Newton could have told you so: There would be consequences to tinkering with the timing of traffic lights in the City of Gulf Breeze in an effort to smooth vehicular flow on Highway 98. The 17th Century physicist unintentionally forecast the city’s newest challenge for motorists when he wrote his celebrated Third Law […]

U.S. Highway 98 expansion reshaping Navarre

U.S. Highway 98 expansion reshaping Navarre

U.S. Highway 98 is more than 10,000 trips a day in excess of its capacity according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Solutions for 98’s congestion have been a topic of discussion for many years in Navarre. To read the full article or to view maps of the proposed expansion that may affect local businesses […]

National Traffic Safety Board pushes for partial autonomy in vehicles

National Traffic Safety Board pushes for partial autonomy in vehicles

Public opinion of fully self-driving cars, known as autonomous vehicles, is varied, but the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) would like to put at least partial autonomy in all new vehicles on the road. The NTSB released its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List of safety features in transportation and topping the list was requiring collision avoidance […]

County seeks builder for beach right-turn lane

County seeks builder for beach right-turn lane

The design phase is complete and bids are now being accepted for a dedicated right-turn lane on southbound Navarre Causeway onto Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach. The hope is that this turn lane will reduce traffic backup that frequently occurs at the intersection during the tourist season, especially on holiday weekends County Engineer Roger Blaylock […]

More study needed before acting on low-income housing requests and locations

More study needed before acting on low-income housing requests and locations

This week we were all broadsided by four agenda items for the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners meeting this past Monday which was released at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday afternoon leaving no time for citizens to do their homework and leading to a lot of speculation. Alarm bells rang out when two of […]

Proposed beach subdivision downsized

Proposed beach subdivision downsized

In the face of concerns from some Navarre Beach residents, developer Steve Hering has reduced the size of his proposed new subdivision there to about 60 houses from the 70 he originally planned. “I know that people were worried about the increased traffic. This should help,” said April Sarver, a manager at Hering’s Remax Real […]

Sacred Heart construction draws FDEP warning

Sacred Heart construction draws FDEP warning

Dust blowing from the construction site of Sacred Heart’s new clinic in Tiger Point has brought a warning from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Prompted by complaints from nearby residents, an FDEP inspector visited the 7-acre project last week and found inadequate maintenance at the Tiger Point Boulevard entrance. “They hardly ever water the […]

US Highway 98 expansion details in works

US Highway 98 expansion details in works

The Florida Department of Transportation is going to expand U.S. Highway 98 to three lanes on each side, but the details are still in the works. That’s what Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization Citizen’s Advisory Committee member Ralph Agnew said during his Friday, Sept. 16, presentation to the Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee of the […]

Gulf Breeze to vote on expanding Sunday alcohol sales

Gulf Breeze to vote on expanding Sunday alcohol sales

James Campbell is used to turning away would-be beer buyers on Sunday mornings at the Exxon station he manages in the City of Gulf Breeze. But soon he won’t have to. “People come in on their way to the beach and want to fill their coolers. But I have to say no until noon,” Campbell […]

Safety program targets pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities

Safety program targets pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities

Efforts to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe on Florida roadways are ongoing. The Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow program plays a big role in the effort. “Florida has a focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety,” said Trenda McPherson, the program manager for pedestrian and bicycle safety in the state. “It’s a statewide campaign that […]

Tiger Point residents seek Sacred Heart compromise

Tiger Point residents seek Sacred Heart compromise

Tiger Point residents, frustrated by the lack of response from Sacred Heart Medical System to their objections about its construction plans for a new clinic, are suggesting a more community-friendly alternative. “If they would move the entrance on Tiger Point Boulevard about 200 feet south, there would be less traffic congestion and it would be […]

Santa Rosa County is getting more

Santa Rosa County is getting more

All of Santa Rosa County is growing, but south Santa Rosa is experiencing a real boom. We have two new apartment complexes coming on line soon, and down every road a lot is being cleared for one or two homes to be built. It’s a reconstruction surge and great economic recovery following the 2008 Great […]

Survey: Traffic safety, flood management top concerns

Survey: Traffic safety, flood management top concerns

District 4 residents cited traffic safety and congestion as their number one concern according to a survey distributed by Santa Rosa County Commissioner Rob Williamson. More than 1,000 citizens participated in the survey, and Williamson will use the data to help him outline a plan for district improvements. “The people have spoken up,” Williamson said […]