Last update: 05/12/2017
Corridor Public Meeting to be held at Plainview Baptist Church, 1101 W. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32534 -- Monday, August 7, at 5:30pm to 7:00pm (CDT).
Welcome to Escambia County's website for the Beulah Beltway Project. The purpose of this website is to provide information to interested parties on the project as it progresses. Information that will be available on this website includes: the purpose of the project; the project schedule; notification of public meetings; maps, reports, and other materials; and an easy way to provide comments or input on this study.
Information available on this website includes:
- Project purpose
- Project schedule
- Public meeting notices
- Public comment opportunities
In the past, population growth in Escambia County was forecasted to occur primarily in the southwest portion of the county in the vicinity of densely populated portions of Pensacola, west of the Pensacola Naval Air Station and on Perdido Key. However, Perdido Key was heavily damaged by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004, leading the Florida Department of Community Affairs (now the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity) to place limits on the amount of redevelopment that can occur on Perdido Key.
Additionally, developable land west of the Pensacola Naval Air Station is subject to flight noise, prone to flooding and limited by large areas in conservation and recreation. Based on these conditions, county planners do not believe these areas would support significant growth in the future and have looked elsewhere in the county to accommodate the projected growth.
Revisions to the 2025 Escambia County future land use map re-allocate much of the projected future growth to the central and north-central parts of the county. The Mid-West Escambia County Optional Sector Plan
was developed in an effort to plan for that growth, consistent with county growth management policies. It was incorporated into the Escambia County Comprehensive Plan
(adopted September 15, 2011 and approved November 4, 2011) through the 2010 Evaluation and Appraisal Report
The Mid-West Escambia County Optional Sector Plan
allows a total maximum development of 23,000 residential dwelling units and 12,175,000 sq. ft. of non-residential development. The conceptual layout of future development in the Optional Sector Plan will need to be supported by a highly interconnected, multi-modal transportation system that efficiently links housing to employment and retail centers. The proposed hierarchical transportation system would be anchored by a new I-10 interchange in the vicinity of Beulah Road and a new arterial roadway that connects I-10 to US 29 (SR 95).
The Florida Department of Transportation is currently preparing an Interchange Justification Report for the proposed I-10 interchange. Escambia County is initiating an Alternative Corridor Evaluation study for the proposed high-speed facility that would connect US 90A (SR 10/ W. Nine Mile Road) with US 29 (SR 95) in mid-west Escambia County (see Study Area Map