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Florida 173 - Blue Angel Parkway

Known as the Blue Angel Parkway, Florida 173 begins at the Gulf Beach Highway near Pleasant Grove, and ends at Florida 297 (Pine Forest Road) near Bellview. The highway traverses the far western suburbs of Pensacola while also providing access to the West Gate of Pensacola Naval Air Station. The southernmost 0.195 miles of Blue Angel Parkway consists of unsigned County Road 173.

SR 173 Terminus Location Mileage
South CR 292A - Pleasant Grove 0.00
North SR 297 - Bellview 11.93
source: compiled from FDOT Federal-Aid Report

Florida 173 north
Retail now lines the northern half of the intersection between Florida 173 (Blue Angel Parkway) and Florida 292 (Sorrento Road) near the Coral Creek neighborhood. SR 173 reduces from four to two lanes north of the shopping centers. Photo taken 10/01/09.
Dog Track Road doubles as Escambia County 297 north from Florida 292 (Sorrento Road) to the intersection of U.S. 98 (Lillian Highway) and SR 298 at Millview. CR-297 derives its name from Pensacola Greyhound Track, which resides along the road near Heron Bayou. Photo taken 10/01/09.
Approaching U.S. 98 along Florida 173 (Blue Angel parkway) west of the Myrtle Grove community. Photo taken 10/01/09.
U.S. 98 constitutes a through route between Pensacola and south Baldwin County, Alabama. The highway carries four overall lanes from just west of SR 173 through to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Warrington and Pensacola. Photo taken 12/21/03.
Florida 173 winds northeast from U.S. 98 to next intersect Florida 298 (Lillian Highway). SR 298 represents the original path of U.S. 98 from Millview east to West Pensacola and U.S. 90 (Mobile Highway). Photo taken 10/01/09.
County Road 296 (Saufley Field Road) crosses paths with Florida 173 (Blue Angel Parkway) from the Naval Education Training Professional Development Technology Center at Saufley Field east to junction U.S. 90 (Mobile Highway) and State Road 296 (Michigan Avenue). Photo taken 02/01/06.
Northbound Florida 173 at Millview Road (a former segment of State Road 297), where Blue Angel Parkway turns east to Bellview. Photo taken 02/01/06.

The final 0.6 mile stretch of Florida 173 sees the state route travel due east from U.S. 90 to Florida 297 (Pine Forest Road). Pictured here is the last reassurance marker after Mobile Highway. Photo taken 11/17/12.
Nearing the conclusion of Florida 173 north at junction Florida 297 (Pine Forest Road). SR 173 and SR 297 provide the most direct route between the West Gate of Pensacola Naval Air Station and Interstate 10. Photo taken 11/17/12.
Florida 297 is a short route at just 4.29 miles between U.S. 90 at Bellview and U.S. 90 Alternate at Pine Forest. Photo taken 11/17/12.
Florida 173 and Blue Angel Parkway end at SR 297. Longleaf Drive continues the roadway east to a number of schools through to Kemp Road. Five Flags Speedway is 1.1 miles to the north followed by Exit 7 of Interstate 10 in 2.5 miles. Photo taken 11/17/12.
Florida 173 south
The first Florida 173 southbound reassurance shield, posted just west of Pine Forest Road (Florida 297). Florida 173 originally ended at U.S. 90 by way of Millview Road to the west. A new alignment (Blue Angel Parkway) relocated the state road eastward to tie into Florida 297. Photo taken 12/21/03.
Blue Angel Parkway initially carries Florida 173 west from SR 297 (Pine Forest Road). The state road curves southward from U.S. 90, which exits the Bellview area for Beulah and Seminole, Alabama. Photo taken 02/01/06.
State Road 173 is routinely signed as the best route to both Pensacola Naval Air Station and the National Museum of Naval Aviation, which resides on base. This sign precedes U.S. 90, which continues southeast from SR 173 to Brownsville and Pensacola. Photo taken 02/01/06.
This southbound reassurance shield is posted between Mobile Highway and the Millview Road, an original segment of State Road 297. Photo taken 11/17/12.
Millview Road heads due north from the curve of Blue Angel Parkway (SR 173) to U.S. 90 (Mobile Highway) near Eight Mile Creek. Photo taken 11/17/12.
Heading south from Saufley Field Road (County Road 296) along Florida 173. Photo taken 02/01/06.
Mileage sign posted along SR 173 south for Perdido Key. Florida 173 along with Florida 292 and 297 also link Interstate 10 with the resort area of Perdido Key and Orange Beach, Alabama. Photo taken 02/01/06.
Cerny Road (former County Road 296A) intersects Florida 173 just ahead of this reassurance marker (since removed). Cerny Road and Marlane Drive connect Blue Angel Parkway and U.S. 90 through the Cerny Heights residential area. Photo taken 02/01/06.
Muldoon Road angles northeast from Florida 173 to Cerny Road, County Road 296 (Saufley Field Road) and Bellview Avenue. Photo taken 02/01/06.
South of Bayou Marcus, Florida 173 next meets Florida 298 (Lillian Highway). Florida 298 is an east-west highway between U.S. 98 at Millview and State Road 295 (New Warrington Road) at West Pensacola. Photo taken 12/21/03.
Grassy areas appear all along Blue Angel Parkway south from Bayou Marcus to accommodate a potential four-laning of the highway. This shield follows Florida 298 as SR 173 shifts further west. Photo taken 01/31/06.
U.S. 98 leaves the Myrtle Grove area and meets Florida 173 (Blue Angel Parkway) on the drive west to Millview, Paradise Beach and the Perdido Bay bridge to Lillian, Alabama. Photo taken 01/31/06.
Four lanes of U.S. 98 cross SR 173 at this traffic light. Eastward, the US highway continues to the U.S. Naval Hospital, a short overlap with Florida 295 (Navy Boulevard) at Warrington and Pensacola at Bayou Chico. Photo taken 01/31/06.
Blue Angel Parkway enters a pastoral stretch between U.S. 98 and County Road 297 (Dog Track Road). Photo taken 01/31/06.
County Road 297 (unsigned from SR 173 south) intersects Blue Angel Parkway from Millview and the Pensacola Greyhound Track to the northwest en route to Florida 292 (Sorrento Road) and Pleasant Grove to the southeast. Photo taken 01/31/06.
Southbound Florida 173 (Blue Angel Parkway) departs the intersection with Florida 292 (Sorrento Road). The final 1.5 miles of Blue Angel Parkway is controlled access with no development. Photo taken 05/16/04.
Approaching Escambia County 292A (Gulf Beach Highway) along Florida 173 south. Gulf Beach Highway leads southwest from SR 292 at Pleasant Grove to Big Lagoon State Park and SR 292 again at Innerarity Point Road. Photo taken 05/16/04.
SR 173 becomes unsigned County Road 173 at Gulf Beach Highway for the final approach to the West Gate of Pensacola N.A.S. Blue Angel Parkway derives its name from the naval facility and its famous Blue Angels fighter planes. The base is home to the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Photo taken 05/16/04.

Photo Credits:
2003-12-21, 2004-05-16, 2006-01-31, 2006-02-01, 2009-10-01, 2012-11-17 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. Highway 90
U.S. Highway 98
Florida 292
Florida 297 - Pine Forest Road
Florida 298 - Lillian Highway

Page Updated 11-18-2012.

 
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