A new interchange under construction at 17th Avenue

Work is underway to reconstruct the intersection of State Road (S.R.) 30 (U.S. 98/Gregory Street) and S.R. 196 (Bayfront Parkway) at 17th Avenue.  The new interchange, in conjunction with the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, will improve safety conditions and reduce congestion for the approximately 58,000 drivers who pass through this intersection daily.

PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS

When completed, this project will provide improvements to the northern landing of the Pensacola Bay Bridge and 17th Avenue intersection. The traffic signal at 17th Avenue has been removed to make way for both a new flyover structure coming off the Pensacola Bay Bridge and a new roundabout.

The new flyover structure will have three, 11-foot travel lanes and shoulders that will connect U.S. 98 westbound traffic from the Pensacola Bay Bridge to either Gregory Street or Bayfront Parkway.

Under construction now beneath the flyover is a 15-foot wide, single-lane roundabout that will seamlessly move traffic between U.S. 98, Bayfront Parkway, and 17th Avenue.

PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE CONNECTIVITY

Pedestrians and bicyclists should follow basic safety principles at all times:

-Be visible, especially at night or low-light conditions and during -inclement weather.

  • -Know and follow all traffic rules, signs, and signals.

  • -Stay alert and avoid texting, phone calls, and other distractions.

  • -Walk-in safe places and avoid areas where pedestrian traffic is prohibited.

ACCESS DURING CONSTRUCTION

17th Avenue interchange restrictions:

The sidewalk alongside Bayfront Parkway westbound will be closed. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be directed to the eastbound sidewalk. Wayside Park on the west side of U.S. 98 will remain closed to pedestrians, bicyclists, and recreational users. Wayside Park on the east side of U.S. 98 will remain open (during park hours), along with the Pensacola Bay Fishing Pier and the 17th Avenue boat launch.

SAFETY TIPS

Pedestrians and bicyclists should follow basic safety principles at all times:

- Be visible, especially at night and during inclement weather.
- Follow all traffic rules, signs/ signals.
- Stay alert and avoid texting, phone calls, and other distractions.
- Walk in safe places and avoid areas where pedestrian traffic is prohibited.
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