The Beulah Beltway project proposes to build a new four-lane divided highway in Escambia County, approximately 11 miles in length that would connect US 90A/SR 10 (W. Nine Mile Road) with US 29/SR 95, and would include a new interchange with I-10.

The primary purpose of the Beulah Beltway project is to provide improved internal and external regional connectivity. Specifically, it is to provide 1) improved connectivity within portions of Escambia County slated for future development, consistent with the Escambia County Comprehensive Plan; and 2) in concert with a new I-10 interchange, provide improved external regional connectivity and reduce congestion in the vicinity of the US 90A (SR 10) and US 29 (SR 95) interchanges at I-10, consistent with the Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization's 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and Regional Freight Network Plan - Highways of Commerce.

WHERE ARE WE NOW

The proposed project is in the Corridor Study phase of the Highway Development Process. The Corridor Study phase is used to:
  • refine the purpose and need for a project,
  • determine the project area,
  • define general travel modes and corridors,
  • describe the general environmental setting for the project,
  • identify preliminary environmental impacts and environmental mitigation,
  • and develop and refine a range of alternative corridors to be considered in detail during the PD&E Study.
The corridors developed in this phase are general boundaries (usually several times wider than that of the actual roadway footprint) in which the proposed roadway could later be designed within. The benefit of the corridor study phase is that helps to narrow down the possible range of locations for where the roadway may ultimately end up.

This phase of the project is due to be completed by the end of 2017, with the next phase beginning in 2018. The second phase, the environmental study phase, develops roadway alternatives for comparative evaluation of their social, economic and environmental impacts.

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WHAT IS THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE

Due to the length of the project, the project will be divided into a southern segment and a northern segment. The schedule below shows the proposed schedule for completion of the project. This schedule is based on appropriate funding, which is currently not available.



FDOT will be overseeing the design and construction of the new I-10 interchange portion of the project. At the same time, the County will be responsible for completing the southern segment of the Beulah Beltway in order to safely accommodate the increased traffic from the new interchange. Therefore, the schedule for these two activities is expected to occur and complete at the same time. The schedule for the northern segment is longer primarily because a more detailed environmental study will be required.

WHEN WILL THE INTERCHANGE AND THE ROADWAY BE BUILT

The interchange and southern segment are expected to begin construction in 2023. At this time there is no identified funding for the construction of the northern segment and therefore any timeframe estimating when construction on that portion could begin is just a best guess. The schedule shown above provides an optimistic estimation of when construction could occur based on the typical time it takes to complete all the required steps to permit the construction of a new roadway.

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT MY PROPERTY

During the corridor phase of the study it is not possible to determine what direct impacts to residents and businesses might occur because of the project. A common misconception when viewing the corridor map is to assume that if your property is covered by one of the corridors it will be impacted directly by this project. That is not the case. The average width of the study corridors is 1,000 feet, but the proposed right-of-way of the actual roadway will only be 104 to 225 feet wide. The 1,000-foot corridor width is used because it provides an opportunity to identify a general location that can be refined down to the roadway footprint later to further avoid or minimize relocations and involvement with sensitive resources.

WHAT WILL THE ROAD LOOK LIKE

The proposed roadway is for a 4 lane divided arterial highway that will be divided into northern and southern segments. The southern segment will provide a 4-lane facility from US 90A/SR 10 (West Nine Mile Road) to I-10 and a 2-lane facility from I-10 to Kingsfield Road. This segment also includes the new interchange with I-10. For the southern segment this is an urban roadway (with sidewalks, bike lanes, and curb and gutters) that is within 104 feet of right-of-way.

The northern segment will provide a 2-lane facility from Kingsfield Road to US 29/SR 95 and will be a rural roadway (with paved shoulders and a multi-use trail) that is within 225 feet of right-of-way. For the 2-lane roadways adequate right-of-way would be acquired to allow for expansion to 4-lanes in the future. The currently proposed roadways are shown in the graphics below. Please note that since we are still in the corridor phase of the study these roadway designs may change.


SOUTHERN SEGMENT: 4-LANE URBAN ARTERIAL HIGHWAY




NORTHERN SEGMENT: 4-LANE RURAL ARTERIAL HIGHWAY



WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WILL I HAVE TO ASK QUESTIONS AND OFFER COMMENTS ABOUT THE PROJECT

There are multiple public meetings that are required by law to be held throughout the roadway study, design, and construction process. The corridor phase we are in now has provided a kickoff meeting (4/9/2016) and two corridor public meetings (8/7/2017 and a follow up meeting To Be Determined). After this phase, there will be further public meetings scheduled. These include but are not limited to: Project Development kickoff meeting, roadway alternative workshop(s), roadway alternative input meeting(s), and the public hearing (which will announce the preferred roadway alternative and ask for feedback).

In addition to the public involvement process anyone interested in the project can contact Greg Garrett, Consultant Project Manager at (850) 575-1800, or email him at Greg.Garrett@atkinsglobal.com.

You can also submit comments by going to the "CONTACT" page on this website.

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