Status of Roadway Capacity Projects in Northwest Florida
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 TPOs 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.

Avalon Boulevard from I-10 to US 90 is a roadway construction project that is currently underway.  This project began construction in 2009 and is anticipated to be completed in the winter of 2015.  Another roadway that has commenced construction is I-10 from Davis Highway to Scenic Highway.  Construction on this roadway segment started in the fall 2013 and is scheduled for completion in the fall 2016.  An additional roadway that is under construction is I-10 from Escambia Bay Bridge to Avalon Boulevard.  The construction on this facility started in summer 2015 and is projected to be completed in summer 2017.  The construction of adding a center turn lane and other multimodal improvements on Olive Road from Gregg Road to Lode Star began in spring 2015 and is expected to be completed by winter 2017.

Examples of roadway capacity projects that are scheduled to begin construction in the next five years are 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, and Longleaf Drive from Pine Forest Road to Wymart Road.

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; SR 85/Duke Field Overpass; and Hurlburt Field/US 98 Overpass.

A roadway project that is currently under construction is US 331 from south end of Choctawhatchee Bridge to north end of Choctawhatchee Bridge.  This project began construction in fall 2013 and is anticipated to be completed in 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 spring 2016.  US 331 from SR 20 to I-10 initiated construction in summer 2013 and the estimated completion date is summer 2016.  SR 123 from North of SR 85 South to North of Toms Creek began construction in fall 2014 and is scheduled for completion in summer 2016.  SR 123 from North of Toms Creek to North of Turkey Creek started construction in fall 2014 with an anticipated completion date of fall 2016.  SR 123 from North Turkey to SR 85 North commenced construction in summer 2014 and is projected to be complete in summer 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 Emerald Bay Drive 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 Thomas Drive; and Powell Adams Road from SR 30A/US 98 to L.C. Hilton Drive.

Baldwin Road from Harrison Avenue to Kirkwell Avenue is the only roadway in Bay County that is currently under construction.  Construction on this project began in the summer 2014 and the envisioned completion date is spring 2016.

Examples of roadway capacity projects that are scheduled to begin construction in the next five years are: 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 Road; SR 30 (Front Beach Road) from Richard Jackson Boulevard to Beach Boulevard; Loop Road from SR 79 to US 98 (Panama City Beach Parkway); and SR 388 from SR 79 to East of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.

If further information is needed on the status of these projects, please contact Gary Kramer gary.kramer@wfrpc.org or (850) 332-7976 Ext. 219.

 

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