Many roadway capacity projects in northwest Florida have recently been completed, are underway, or are scheduled to commence construction in the next five years. The following is an overview of the Long Range Transportation Plans (LRTPs) for the Florida-Alabama, Okaloosa-Walton, and Bay County Transportation Planning Organizations (TPOs) and the Florida Department of Transportation’s historical, existing, and tentative work programs.
Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization
Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization’s study area consists of the southern portions of Escambia and Santa Rosa County as well as portions of the Lillian and Orange Beach areas in Baldwin County, Alabama.
Examples of recently completed capacity projects include: Davis Highway from I-10 to Johnson Avenue; I-110 from Maxwell Street to I-10; I-10 from east of US 29 to Davis Highway; and the Escambia Bay Bridge.
Examples of capacity projects under construction include: Avalon Boulevard from I-10 to US 90. This project, being constructed in four segments, began in 2009 and the last segment is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2015. An additional roadway that has commenced construction is I-10 from Davis Highway to Scenic Highway. Construction on this roadway segment started in the fall of 2013 and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2016.
Examples of roadway capacity projects that are scheduled to begin construction in the next five years are: I-10 from Escambia Bay Bridge to Avalon Boulevard; US 29 from I-10 to north of Nine Mile Road; Pensacola Bay Bridge from 17th Avenue in Pensacola to Bay Bridge Drive in Gulf Breeze; SR 87 from Eglin Air Force Boundary to CR 184 (Hickory Hammock Road); Nine Mile Road from Beulah Road to US 29: Longleaf Drive from Pine Forest Road to Wymart Road; and I-10/US 29 interchange modifications.
Okaloosa-Walton Transportation Planning Organization
Okaloosa-Walton Transportation Planning Organization’s study area is the southern portions of Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
Examples of recently completed roadway capacity projects include: Mid-Bay Bridge Connector from the northern end of Mid-Bay Bridge to SR 85: SR 20 from White Point Road to the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector; SR 85 from General Bond Boulevard to SR 123 and the SR 85S/SR 123 Overpass; and SR 85/Duke Field Overpass.
Examples of capacity projects under construction include: the Hulburt Field/US 98 Overpass. Construction of this project began in July 2013 and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2015. Another roadway project that is under construction is US 331 from south end of Choctawhatchee Bridge to north end of Choctawhatchee Bridge. This project began construction in the fall of 2013 and is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2016. US 331 from the north end of the Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge to south of SR 20 is an additional roadway project that is currently under construction. Construction of this project started in September 2012 and the anticipated completion date is the spring of 2015. US 331 from SR 20 to I-10 initiated construction in the summer of 2013 and the estimated completion date is early 2016. SR 123 from north of SR 85 South to north of Tom’s Creek and SR 123 from north of Tom’s Creek to north of Turkey Creek both started construction in the fall of 2014 with an anticipated completion date of the spring of 2016. SR 123 from North Turkey to SR 85 North commenced construction in summer of 2014 and is projected to be complete in the spring of 2016.
Examples of roadway capacity projects that are scheduled to begin construction in the next five years are: US 98 from Santa Rosa County Line to Beal Parkway to add turn lanes; PJ Adams Parkway from SR 85 to Key Lime Place; PJ Adams Parkway from Key Lime Place to Ashley Drive; US 331 from North of West Indian Creek Branch to North of CR 278 (Coy Burgess Loop); US 98 from Airport Road to Walton County Line; and US 98 from the Walton County line to Tang-O-Mar Drive.
Bay County Transportation Planning Organization
Bay County Transportation Planning Organization’s study area is the entirety of Bay County.
Examples of recently completed roadway capacity projects include: SR 79 from Steel Field Road to the Washington County line; Thomas Drive from North Lagoon Drive to Bristol Street: Baldwin Road from SR 390 (St. Andrews Boulevard) to Harrison Avenue; SR 30 (Front Beach Road) from South Thomas Drive/Beach Boulevard to North Thomas Drive; South Thomas Drive/Beach Boulevard from SR 30/US 98A to North Drive; and Powell Adams Road from SR 30A/US 98 to L.C. Hilton Drive.
Examples of a capacity project under construction include: Baldwin Road from Harrison Avenue to Kirkwell Avenue. Construction on this project began in the summer of 2014 and the envisioned completion date is the end of 2015.
Examples of roadway capacity projects that are scheduled to begin construction in the next five years are: the US 98/SR 23 Street Overpass; SR 390 from 23rd Street to Baldwin Road; SR 390 from Baldwin Road to Jenks Avenue; SR 390 from Jenks Avenue to SR 77; Gulf Coast Parkway from US 98 to Star Avenue; Jenks Avenue from 23rd Street to Baldwin Avenue; and SR 30 (Front Beach Road) from Richard Jackson Boulevard to South Thomas Drive.
West Florida Regional Planning Council serves as staff to each of the three TPOs. If further information is needed on the status of these projects, please contact Gary Kramer or (850) 332-7976, ext. 219.