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Road to Pensacola Beach...

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:50 am
by Wisconsinkid
Can anyone tell me if 399 from Navarre Beach to Pensacola Beach is open or if it will be open at the end of March?
I always loved that drive and look forward to it again in the future. Navarre Beach is so beautiful and we love to have our feet in the sand. It is nice to relax there after a long winter season of having two kids in travel hockey.

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:54 am
by Randymetro
No and no to both of your questions.

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:31 am
by WhiteSandsGirl

The road is "supposed" to be open to Opal Beach in the Spring. The whole road is "supposed" to be open in the summer.

Last Sunday, I was able to ride my bike to Opal Beach which is about 3.5 miles into the National Seashore.

The road was uneven, but it was definitely "rideable" by bike.


Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:55 pm
by Home2007

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 7:08 am
by Navarrian
I took this photo three days ago at the entrance of the NB side of the road. They have put the Welcome to the Nat'l Seahore Sign back up and the road was cleared and paved as far as I could see. I did observe a biker riding thru (might have been WhiteSandsGirl :D ) and a Santa Rosa County Deputy vehicle driving out to lock the gate. They are definitely making progress.

Navarrian 8)


Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:09 am
by Kenny Wilder
Gulf Islands National Seashore

The Northwest Daily News reported on December 26, 2007 the article shown below.

Beach road should be open by mid-2008, officials say
Less costly materials are being used so repairs will be easier after storms

NAVARRE BEACH — More than two years after Mother Nature had her way with the road to Pensacola Beach a second time, it will soon be safe to use again.
It has taken that long since Hurricane Dennis washed out repairs from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 for officials with Gulf Islands National Seashore and the Federal Highway Administration to decide how to rebuild State Road 399, which will likely be washed away again one day.
Do they use strong materials that will likely block the movement of sand and erosion near the road in case of another storm surge? Or do they make it a kinder, gentler road that could go with the flow and be rebuilt easily?
On one hand, a road built to block excessive erosion would not be eco-friendly. On the other, making it too compliant would possibly lead to more damage in the future.
The job was awarded in late August to Panhandle Grading and Pavement Inc. of Pensacola, which bid a little more than $3.41 million. Work includes rebuilding two lanes of the road from Navarre Beach to Opal Beach, along with repairing the parking and picnic areas at the park. A one-lane “emergency” road will also be built from Opal Beach to Pensacola Beach.
Jerry Eubanks, superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore, said there wasn’t enough money awarded at the time to plan for a two-lane road all the way to Pensacola Beach. That has changed now, and after phase one is complete the same contractor will likely finish the job to Pensacola Beach.
Work has started at the eastern end of the road in Navarre Beach and should be finished about the middle of next year.
“Late spring or summer of 2008,” Eubanks said.
Some sections of SR 399, also known as J. Earl Bowden Way, are gone. Eubanks estimated about 35 percent of the road must be replaced. Instead of using traditional asphalt, the contractor has agreed to use a sand and concrete mix for the base. Asphalt on top of the road will make it look the same, but it will be less costly to replace and is more “environmentally acceptable,” Eubanks said.
“It fits conditions better and won’t cost as much to build it back,” he said. “That road is very vulnerable.”
Daily News Staff Writer Lynne Hough can be reached at 699-3884.

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:17 am
by AngelGirl
That's good news! Also, that it will be more "environmentally acceptable" so that after the next "big one", there won't be huge chunks of the asphalt to clean up or disentegrate into the sand and water! Sounds like a much better plan since it's apparent that "deep-strength asphalt" cannot weather the big storms any better.


Posted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:25 am
by Tweinmarrks
Navarre claims only three restaurants on the beach, but the eateries here are comfortable and friendly, and have prized patios overlooking the water. For down-home cooking and casual elegance, Pensacola Beach is the place to be.