Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What work is being performed on Eglin Parkway?
- Resurfacing approximately 4.5 miles along Eglin Parkway from 12th Avenue (Richbourg Ave.) to U.S.98.
- Drainage improvements and median re-construction in Shalimar between Richbourg Avenue and Old Ferry Road.
- Sidewalk construction and repair.
- Improvements to Eglin Parkway/ Hollywood Boulevard intersection.
- Traffic signalization upgrades.
- New signs and pavements markings.
Why is it necessary to resurface Eglin Parkway now?
Florida taxpayers have a significant investment in the state's transportation infrastructure. Protecting this investment, through proper maintenance of highways and bridges, is a primary mission of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
The lifecycle of a highway is limited. Large trucks and heavy traffic take a tremendous toll on highways. Over time, surface cracks appear in asphalt pavement and may eventually reach the rock and soil layers that form the foundation for the highway. Water seeping through the cracks, combined with the constant pounding of traffic, accelerates the deterioration of the highway.
Why were the oleander plants (between Eglin Parkway and Highway Avenue) removed?
The oleander plants were removed to allow construction of the new sidewalk. The sidewalk was placed as far as possible from the Eglin Parkway travel lanes to ensure safety for pedestrians.
Will the landscaping that was removed be replaced?
Yes. Native plants that are tolerant of the climate and rainfall will be used to replace the landscaping that was removed to make way for the sidewalk.
How much does the project cost and who is paying for it?
The construction cost for this Eglin Parkway improvement project is approximately $6.9 million. The project is being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.
How long will it take to complete the work?
Work is underway now and slated for completion in late 2013.
Will there be any traffic impacts during construction period?
Yes. Drivers may experience increased congestion, travel delays, lane closures and lane shifts. Lane closures for milling and resurfacing work will be restricted to nighttime hours, 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. In addition, the speed limit will be reduced to 30 mph throughout the work zone.
Will I have any difficulty accessing businesses along Eglin Parkway during the work?
Driveways and access to private property will remain open at all times. However, there may be certain periods when access is limited. The project team will work to communicate plans for these restrictions.
Who is responsible for the construction work?
The construction project is being administered by the Florida Department of Transportation, District Three. Genesis CEI Services, LLC. of Crestview is providing construction engineering and inspection service in support of FDOT. The construction contractor is APAC of Pensacola.
Where can I get more information on this project?
Regularly updated information will be available on this website and via Twitter at www.twitter.com/myfdot_nwfl. You may e-mail comments or questions to the construction team at: questions@myEglinParkway.com.
For additional information on the Eglin Parkway resurfacing project you may also contact:
FDOT Dist. 3 Public Information Director
1074 Hwy 90
Chipley, FL 32428
Tele: (888) 638-0250 Ext. 205 (toll free)
Project Public Information Coordinator
1697 East James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536
Tele: (850) 689-4428