State Road 297 - Pine Forest Road

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Florida State Road 297 connects U.S. 90 Alternate (Nine Mile Road) with U.S. 90 (Mobile Highway) through unincorporated areas northwest of Pensacola. The state road in conjunction with SR 173 (Blue Angel Parkway) acts as a western belt-line highway for the metropolitan area. An interchange with Interstate 10 funnels traffic southward along SR 297 to Perdido Key and the Pensacola Naval Air Station via Blue Angel Parkway and SR 292. The northern terminus transitions SR 297 into Escambia County Road 297 (Pine Forest Road), a 3.37 mile loop to U.S. 29 near Gonzalez.

Florida State Road 297 North
SR 297 (Pine Forest Road) north at the southbound beginning of SR 173 (Blue Angel Parkway) and Longleaf Drive east. SR 173 heads west 0.6 miles to U.S. 90 (Mobile Highway) before turning southward to Myrtle Grove and the west gate of Pensacola NAS along an 11.93-mile course. Photo taken 05/14/02.
Pine Forest Road expands into a four-lane divided highway north of State Road 173 and Longleaf Drive. Photo taken 11/17/12.
A parclo interchange joins SR 297 (Pine Forest Road) with Interstate 10 (Exit 7). An overhead advises northbound truckers of a low bridge clearance for the I-10 overpasses. Photo taken 02/02/06.
A left turn takes drivers onto Interstate 10 westbound to Alabama. Downtown Mobile is a 47 mile drive. Photo taken 02/02/06.
One exit (Nine Mile Road) remains along I-10 west in Florida before the freeway enters an 18-mile exit less stretch to Wilcox Road in Baldwin County, Alabama. Photo taken 02/02/06.
SR 297 reduces back to two lanes north from Detroit Boulevard in the vicinity of Interstate 10. Photo taken 06/05/06.
Pine Forest Road travels 0.75 miles north from I-10 to intersect U.S. 90 Alternate (Nine Mile Road). Nine Mile Road comprises a busy arterial east to Ensley and the University of West Florida. Photo taken 02/02/06.
U.S. 90 Alternate west meets Exit 5 of Interstate 10 in 1.25 miles and merges with U.S. 90 west at Beulah in 5.7 miles. SR 297 transitions to County Road 297 north of Nine Mile Road. Escambia County Road 297A splits from Pine Forest Road nearby to Cantonment. Photo taken 09/29/02.
Florida State Road 297 South
Pine Forest Road south upgrades from County Road 297 to State Road 297 as it crosses U.S. 90 Alternate (Nine Mile Road). The arterial route accommodates three travel lanes and a continuous center turn lane. Photo taken 05/17/14.
SR 297 (Pine Forest Road) expands into a divided four lane arterial leading into the parclo interchange with Interstate 10. Photo taken 05/17/14.
I-10 links Pensacola with Mobile, Alabama, 47 miles to the west. Photo taken 05/17/14.
Overpasses for the freeway over SR 297 were replaced in the late 1990s. Photo taken 05/17/14.
The eastbound on-ramp for Interstate 10 departs SR 297. I-10 continues three miles to U.S. 29, five miles to Interstate 110 and 195 miles to Tallahassee. Photo taken 05/17/14.
Wilde Lake Boulevard east ties into the SR 297 (Pine Forest Road) intersection with the eastbound ramp for Interstate 10. Photo taken 05/17/14.
Four lanes of SR 297 continue southward beyond I-10 toward SR 173. Pine Forest Road represents a busy connector between the freeway and SR 173 for Pensacola Naval Air Station. Photo taken 05/17/14.
SR 297, SR 173 and SR 292 provide the most direct route from Interstate 10 to the Perdido Key resort area along the Gulf of Mexico. Photo taken 05/17/14.
Five Flags Speedway, home of the annual Snowball Derby race in December, lies along the west side of Pine Forest Road across from Sweetheart Lane. The half mile track hosts stock car races periodically throughout the year. Photo taken 05/17/14.
Approaching the intersection with SR 173 (Blue Angel Parkway) and Longleaf Drive on SR 297 south. SR 173 provides a bypass around Myrtle Grove between Belleview and Pensacola N.A.S. Saufley Field constitutes a Naval support facility west of Bellview on Escambia County Road 296. Photo taken 05/07/04.
An 11.93-mile route, SR 173 heads south from SR 297 along Blue Angel Parkway to Pleasant Grove and the west gate of Pensacola N.A.S. Use SR 173 south to access the National Museum of Naval Aviation or to reach Perdido Key. Photo taken 05/17/14.
SR 297 (Pine Forest Road) south at SR 173 (Blue Angel Parkway) south toward Myrtle Grove. Longleaf Drive extends east from Blue Angel Parkway to Belleview sports complex, a number of schools and Kemp Road. Photo taken 05/17/14.
The final southbound confirming shield for SR 297 appears as Pine Forest Road narrows to a five-lane arterial. U.S. 90 (Mobile Highway) lies 0.9 miles ahead. Photo taken 05/17/14.
SR 297 concludes at U.S. 90 (Mobile Highway) adjacent to the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds. No end shield is posted and traffic essentially defaults onto U.S. 90 eastbound for West Pensacola, Warrington and Brownsville. Photo taken 05/17/14.

Photo Credits:

05/14/02, 09/29/02, 05/07/04, 02/02/06, 06/05/06, 11/17/12, 05/17/14 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 10
U.S. 90
U.S. 90 Alternate
State Road 173 - Blue Angel Parkway

Page Updated 04-04-2016.

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