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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #300 on: November 04, 2016, 11:37:05 PM »

Frequent beach visitors scramble to meet SunPass deadline

The Sunpass lanes commence operations on May 26, though the official launch is on May 31st: http://www.myescambia.com/home/news/bob-sikes-bridge-accept-sunpass%C2%AE-puts-drivers-fast-lane-pensacola-beach

And not even a year later, they are switching the Bob Sikes Bridge to AET.

Pensacola Beach toll booth to stop taking cash

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Effective Feb. 1, the Bob Sikes Bridge toll plaza will convert to an all-electronic tolling format and cease accepting cash.

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday night to move to a fully electronic, toll-by-plate system in hopes of alleviating the traffic congestion that has caused long delays leading onto Pensacola Beach.

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The change will not affect drivers who have already enrolled in the SunPass system, and the toll for all drivers will remain $1. Drivers without a SunPass will be charged an additional $2.50 fee for their first trip through the toll booth each month. Non-SunPass drivers, including tourists, will be sent a bill on a monthly basis.

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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #301 on: December 19, 2016, 11:13:39 PM »

The portion of SR 97 between US 29 and CR 95A has been relinquished to the county. SR 97 now ends at US 29.

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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #302 on: December 20, 2016, 07:26:21 PM »

The portion of SR 97 between US 29 and CR 95A has been relinquished to the county. SR 97 now ends at US 29.

Surprised it lasted that long. The change means it will be an unsigned leg since CR 290 never got any signs on the mainline or intersecting county roads.

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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #303 on: December 20, 2016, 09:16:00 PM »

The portion of SR 97 between US 29 and CR 95A has been relinquished to the county. SR 97 now ends at US 29.

Surprised it lasted that long. The change means it will be an unsigned leg since CR 290 never got any signs on the mainline or intersecting county roads.

290? That leg of SR 97 is signed, albeit barely, and both US 29 and CR 95A show JCT signs and trailblazers that'll have to be removed or changed. They won't be able to call it CR 97 either since that route already exists further south.
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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #304 on: December 20, 2016, 09:30:30 PM »

They won't be able to call it CR 97 either since that route already exists further south.
What. County roads are duplicated all over the place.
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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #305 on: December 21, 2016, 08:11:42 AM »

They won't be able to call it CR 97 either since that route already exists further south.
What. County roads are duplicated all over the place.

Even if they're not linked via a related route? They don't just add letters, which some counties go nuts with?
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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #306 on: December 21, 2016, 10:17:40 AM »

They won't be able to call it CR 97 either since that route already exists further south.
What. County roads are duplicated all over the place.

Even if they're not linked via a related route? They don't just add letters, which some counties go nuts with?

Some counties did, others like Leon renumbered the duplicated routes to 4-digit routes.  In some cases numbers out of the grid were used to offset duplication (CR 795 at Live Oak for instance). On the flip side, there are four separate sections of CR 399 posted in Santa Rosa County.

With the exception of perhaps assemblies posted by FDOT on US 29, the stub of CR 97 may likely be unsigned because Escambia County is poor about posting their routes now.

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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #307 on: January 26, 2017, 11:47:28 AM »

Should the westbound lanes of the U.S. 98 viaduct ever be built above Thomas Drive, this traffic light will quickly end the signal less stretch.

Potential new stoplight for Back Beach Rd. for entrance to school, sports park

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Tuesday night, transportation officials held a public hearing at the Palms Conference Center in Panama City Beach to display proposals for an intersection on Bach Beach Rd. at Cauley Road.

According to Ian Satter with the Florida Department of Transportation, it would make way for a future road leading to the proposed new school and sports park.

Satter said the intersection would include turn lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes and the stoplight. FDOT is still in the design phase. Construction might not begin until the end of 2017. Satter said they estimate the project will cost about $1.2 million.

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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #308 on: January 26, 2017, 01:10:42 PM »

Should the westbound lanes of the U.S. 98 viaduct ever be built above Thomas Drive, this traffic light will quickly end the signal less stretch.

Potential new stoplight for Back Beach Rd. for entrance to school, sports park

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Tuesday night, transportation officials held a public hearing at the Palms Conference Center in Panama City Beach to display proposals for an intersection on Bach Beach Rd. at Cauley Road.

According to Ian Satter with the Florida Department of Transportation, it would make way for a future road leading to the proposed new school and sports park.

Satter said the intersection would include turn lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes and the stoplight. FDOT is still in the design phase. Construction might not begin until the end of 2017. Satter said they estimate the project will cost about $1.2 million.

What is the situation with those westbound lanes? I always believed that should have been done at the same time they did the eastbound side, and would have been an immense improvement.
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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #309 on: March 06, 2017, 01:39:15 PM »

They won't be able to call it CR 97 either since that route already exists further south.
What. County roads are duplicated all over the place.

Even if they're not linked via a related route? They don't just add letters, which some counties go nuts with?

Some counties did, others like Leon renumbered the duplicated routes to 4-digit routes.  In some cases numbers out of the grid were used to offset duplication (CR 795 at Live Oak for instance). On the flip side, there are four separate sections of CR 399 posted in Santa Rosa County.

With the exception of perhaps assemblies posted by FDOT on US 29, the stub of CR 97 may likely be unsigned because Escambia County is poor about posting their routes now.

Looks like they're going with CR 97C.

http://agenda.myescambia.com/agenda_publish.cfm?id=&mt=ALL&get_month=1&get_year=2017&dsp=agm&seq=11420&rev=0&ag=1649&ln=35328&nseq=11381&nrev=0&pseq=11271&prev=0#ReturnTo35328
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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #310 on: March 12, 2017, 03:29:50 AM »

Wow, a new suffixed CR AND they will modify the intersection to give southbound CR 95A a stop sign while making the northbound 95A and 97C a primary route. Poor Darlene has her info all over the internet  :-/
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Re: Northwest Florida Road News
« Reply #311 on: November 28, 2017, 08:31:05 AM »

Plans to ease traffic congestion in Bay County

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Bay Parkway in Panama City Beach is meant to cut down on congestion on Back Beach Road.

"In order to continue to grow we've got to have more roads," Panama City Beach Mayor Mike Thomas said.

Mayor Thomas says the city is looking to partner with the county and the Florida Department of Transportation to extend Bay Parkway.

"Bay Parkway will continue east down the length of the beach sometime, we hope, but this next phase will go to Nautilus [Street] and turn out there," Mayor Thomas said, "and that will just keep trying to move that part down the road to take some traffic off Back Beach Road."

It is really meant to open up more land for development...

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To keep traffic moving, FDOT plans to turn Back Beach Road into a six-lane thoroughfare.

They also want to widen State Road 390 in Panama City and Lynn Haven. There are plans to add sidewalks and bicycle lanes for that project.

Travelers along State Road 388 may notice a change in the coming years with their drive to the airport.

"It's gonna have one of the biggest roundabouts here in Northwest Florida. We'll be building that at the entrance of the airport. So a lot of changes coming to Bay County, trying to get those goods and services moving and really being able to handle the capacity to be able to move those people to our major areas," Satter explained. "Whether that's the airport, you're heading to the coast, or heading to the interstate."

The Florida Department of Transportation estimates the Highway 390 widening project to be completed in the Winter of 2020. The Back Beach Road expansion is expected to be completed in the Winter of 2018.



More on the mega roundabout planned for SR 388 at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Roundabout planned at Beaches International entrance

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The roundabout at the intersection of State Road 388 and West Bay Parkway is part of the Florida Department of Transportationís widening project along State Road 388. The four-laning of the highway from State Road 79 to the airport, including the roundabout project, is slated to start next summer and take a couple of years to finish.

The airport recently sold the land for the roundabout to FDOT, which is developing the project, for $422,350. Airport executive director Parker McClellan said the airport plans to move its entrance sign to the middle of the roundabout.
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